Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 (NKJV)
I read this passage in my devotional this morning and I don’t know… something about it just hit me differently. Let love be without hypocrisy?!! Wow!
I had always been of the thought that I was quite a loving person, and that if I wasn’t, I was growing in the area. However, this verse literally brought me back to square one in particular the first line. Has it been that all this time that I had thought that I was loving people I was actually loving with/in hypocrisy?
There have been times that people have upset me, but I would tell myself, oh it’s okay I can move past the hurt. That I don’t need to confront the issue and that I can love these people genuinely. This had been my thought frame until now, but this passage made me wonder if I was truly loving these people. How can I love someone I’m angry with genuinely when whilst trying to do good things for them anger is still brewing on the surface?
However, I did think of it in another way as well in that why can’t I choose to overlook people’s sins especially If I, as a person, am in the process of removing the anger. Afterall, being angry is no excuse for not showing love.
In all honesty, I think I’ve reached a conclusion that I can agree with. Even when I’m angry, I will not hesitate to show love. However, there also comes a point where we need to not deceive ourselves. If you’re finding it hard to let go of the issue, just bring it up with the person and deal with it. Don’t bury it and bury your head in the sand where it can cause problems later. Deal with problems when they need to be dealt with and move on to love, always.
P.S: What are your thoughts on the matter? Let me know.