Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 NKJV
God tells us to behave like Christians!
The Lord tells us to let love be without hypocrisy. None of us wakes up in the morning thinking about being a hypocrite. It does happen.
We could go to church, worship God, enjoy being in His presence and spending time with His people. We could leave church and go about our day. A thought could come to mind. Temptation could cross our path.
Just for a second we consider giving in to the temptation. We imagine what it would be like to.…It is the first steps we take when we are tempted to sin that determine if we give in to it or resist it.
God wants us to hate evil. If we are not convinced in our own minds what God calls sin is destructive we will give in to it. God wants us to grab hold of what He calls good because He determines the difference between good and evil.
God is telling us to be affectionate and give each other preference. The Lord expects His people to be nice to each other. You do not have to be a Pastor Priest or Theologian to figure that out. It is not always so easy to do.
God does not say be nice to the people you like. He does not say be nice to the people who like you. He does not say be nice to the people who look like you and act like you. The Lord tells us to be kind and affectionate to one another. That means all people.
Jesus said the world will know us by our love for each other. Nobody is going to believe we love each other if we cannot treat each other with kindness and affection. God tells us to be diligent. We should not be lazy about the way we treat each other.
It is not easy to be kind and affectionate with some people. God says to be fervent in spirit. Go to the Lord. Be honest with Jesus. Ask Him to help you with people you find difficult. When you are kind and affectionate with God’s people you are serving Jesus!
God wants us to open our homes to each other and help each other when we are in need. Our faith is practical and down to earth. So many of the things God requires of us are not difficult to understand. Common sense is a true form of wisdom!
Share God’s love by being kind and affectionate with people today and every day!
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