Sincerity Part 2 - Love

Sunday, March 15, 2015
              Sometimes, I am very hard to love. In fact, most of the time I’m hard to love, but the thing about love is, unless it’s unconditional, it doesn’t work. Not like it’s supposed to, anyway. We, as Christians, are commanded to love God and others with all our heart and soul, i.e. unconditionally. Unfortunately, we’re human, and unconditional love isn’t exactly possible when we’re as flawed as we are. That’s where God comes in.

                God is perfect and holy, and so is His love. His love was personified through Jesus. A perfect, holy, awesome God who is bigger, stronger, and better than the human mind can fathom humbled Himself to the form of man and lived a perfect life. (Think about that for a minute: Jesus, as a little boy and as a teenager, never complained about doing chores or making His bed; He never had a bad thought about anyone or anything; He never complained about the weather or what He had for breakfast; He was, and is, perfect goodness personified, all for us.) His love was so deep that he was willingto live a perfect life and die unjustly, willing to be scoffed at, mocked, despised, and rejected all because He loves us. When Paul says in Romans 12:9, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good,” he is describing Jesus’ love, and because Jesus first loved us with his sincere love, we should love Him, mimicking His love for us.

                When we love Jesus, we delight in doing good. We despise sin, and love those that commit it despite their sin, because that’s what Jesus does daily with us. We spread His word near and far; we shine His light the best we can; we endure trials and persecution for the sake of the gospel, because that’s what Jesus did. We forgive others willingly and completely; we abstain from foul language and crude jokes; we do this not because it is required, but because we want to. Because when we are in the love of Christ, there is nothing we enjoy more than pleasing God. We “walk in love, just as Christ gave himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).

                Sometimes there are rough spots. Sometimes it’s hard to do good, but when we come to God, and when we again taste the sweet, loving goodness of His grace, we persevere, knowing that when God is in us, we possess an incredible light.

                When we are in Christ, loving Him is a natural instinct. When loving Him is a natural instinct, loving others is a natural instinct. Oh, how good the day will be that we can love Christ perfectly and completely, forever in His presence.  

                Until that day, we strive to love him sincerely and completely, without fear of our future because it is in God’s hands and without fear of our trials because they will bring Him glory, always seeking to show the sincere, perfect, sweet love of Christ to others because “now, these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

                This week, strive to be sincere in your love for God. When we put God first, God puts everything else where it is supposed to be.


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