“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” Romans 12:9-11 NKJV.
Hypocrisy is one of the most common terms used to describe the church by people outside of it and so it keeps them away from the church. We are so quick to proclaim that we love our fellow man, yet we find ourselves in situations which expose our true intentions. The truth is, what you do to man, you do to Christ, so failing to show your brother love means that your love for Christ is not genuine. Where we are meant to be different, we find ourselves being exactly like the world and at times we are worse than the world. By hating what is evil, it does not only mean those things in the world, but we need to hate what is evil from within us. Clinging onto what is good, we ought to let go of the wickedness in our lives because it prevents us from being “kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,” eagerly putting others before ourselves in a manner that reflects how we would treat the Lord. The one thing we need to fix in our thought process, is that we serve Christ in all that we do, even the things we do for man. It is critical that we understand this because it reflects the spirit that lives in and through us.
Father, convict me where I have wronged You and bring me to repentance that I may love as You love. Remind me constantly that in all that I do, I must do it wholeheartedly as if I am doing it for You. Amen