Saturday, October 4, 2008

Challenge to love

Many places in the Bible are pretty straight forward in what our duties to the body are. Such as Matt. 5-7, 1Thess 5, which have long been some of my favorites. Now also Romans 12; especially the end of verse 8 and beginning of 9. "...He that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation..."
When we do our charity, so often it is because of selfish reasons; such as pride. We would not want to be seen as stingy. Or out of necessity, because we are commanded to take care of the helpless. Or we do it to be thanked, to feed our ego. I have heard many times of the joys of anonymous giving, though I have not done it in a personal way. When I say "anonymous giving", I do not mean through an organisation, for while it is helpful, it can just be a way to skirt around the pain and time and sacrifice it may take to really help someone.

And the second part; " Let love be without dissimulation".
DISSIMULATION, n. The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; a feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy. Dissimulation may be simply concealment of the opinions, sentiments or purpose; but it includes also the assuming of a false or counterfeit appearance which conceals the real opinions or purpose.

In that word is some very strong language. We are not to be showing love without truly and sincerely loving. Oh, how easy it is to just spit out the words, or go through the motions. So often, if I am somewhat preoccupied, I will just say "I love you" at the end of a phone call or as I say good bye, and It won't even register that I have said it! (can be very embarrassing.) :}

How do we love without dissimulation? Again, the Bible has it clearly mapped out. 1Cor. 13 is the first that comes to mind; very explanatory.
But also an important thought is why we should love as well as how.
"Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends," ~John 15:13

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down His live for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." ~1John 3:16

"A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity."
~Proverbs 17:17

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
~1John 4:11

(So, in an attempt to wrap up such a deep and broad topic in one small post...) I offer a challenge to any who read this (and in the case that no one does, to myself) to be genuine in the love of the brethren, of their families, and ultimately their love of God. If it cause pain, to bare it willingly. If it cause sacrifice, to give all joyfully. In the day to day life, and even unto death.

In Christ alone,


  1. A great reminder... It sums it right up... :)

  2. Neat.
    What's with the late posts?
    A really great reminder, Ceira.