As we finished up our bible study this week, the topic of love continued to come up and became a brief discussion once again. We live in a society where the phrase, “I love you,” is thrown around too easily. It is used to manipulate, tempt, and lure people for purposes that are not pure or even remotely loving. In order to truly love someone or show genuine love, we have to remind ourselves what Christian love means, “Agape” love.
Romans 12:9-10 states, “Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Most of us have learned how to be courteous to other (speak kindly, avoid hurting feelings, appear interested in what they are saying). Some of us have even perfected “pretending” to feel compassion when we learn of others’ needs, or to feel indignant when we learn of injustice. God calls us to “genuine love.” This goes far beyond pretense and learned politeness. It requires concentration and effort and demands our time, money, and personal involvement. We have to help others to become better people.
No one person has the ability to show love to an entire community, but the body of Christ DOES! I challenge you to this: stop throwing around the word “love.” If it is not genuine love as dictated by the word of the Lord, do not say it. As you continue to learn and express love for others, look around your community, school, church, or family for people who need your love. Find ways you and your fellow believers can “love” your community for Christ.
God Bless you all!