Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
These verses teach practicable commands for daily Christian living. Paul’s down-to-earth directives are important and cogent for Believers in our present context. As we examine them this week, may our lives be transformed by the power of His Word.
Paul tells us that love should be rightly motivated. Our motive for love should be selfless and not self-serving. Genuine, authentic love looks out for others and does not focus solely upon the self. Love spurs us to do right, to flee evil, and to seek righteousness.
Love should also be expressed. Christian love is not simply a noun. Love is also a verb. Godly love will take actions that will be demonstrable and easily viewed by others. The impetus for Christian action is love for God and love for others. Christians will love in word and deed.
Humility is also a primary modus for love. Selfless love will give preference to others and will honor others. A living sacrifice will love people as Christ has loved them. Let us go and do likewise!