Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)
How do you know if someone is being sincere or just putting on a Christian show? What does it look like to follow Jesus?
The answers to this question are in this chapter of Romans.
To have a sincere love means you hate evil. No one wants harm to come to someone they love.
To have a sincere love is to me loyal to them even when your reputation and comfort are on the line.
To have a sincere love is honor others by placing their needs above you own. We honor when we give the other person preference in the matter.
Love is sourced and executed in our passion to serve our God by working hard and not being lazy.
Love’s strength is found in our hope that gives is joy. Love is patient when being persecuted. Love remains faithful.
Love shares. Love shares with those who are in need. The child of God is not entitled to excess but is accountable for the excess we have collected.
The way we hold things loosely is being quick to give to others in need.
And last, love shows hospitality. Hospitality is simply anticipating the need and serving a need before it is expressed.
My next step:
Embrace the effort needed to show love.