“Love must be sincere” (Romans 12: 9)

In , regarding love, we read:

Romans 12: 9
“Love must be sincere.”

The expression “sincere” – in the Greek language is expressed in one word – the adjective “anupokritos”, consisting of the word “an-“, a prefix giving this word a negative meaning, and the noun “hupokrisia”, literally meaning “hypocrisy”, “pretense”. The word “hypokrisia” means to pretend that someone has some quality that they really do not have, or to prove themselves to be someone they really are not. For example, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15 says that Satan “takes the form of an angel of light” and his servants “take the form of ministers of righteousness.” It is sheer hypocrisy, pretense, that satan and his servants assume the appearance of what they are not.

However, going back to Romans 12: 9, we are here admonished not to pretend that we love when, perhaps, we have something else in our minds, but to love sincerely. Only sincere love is true love. The same is stated at 1 Peter 1:22:

1 Peter 1:22
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have SINCERE [Greek:“ anupokritos”] love for each other, love one another deeply, from a PURE HEART… “.

Our love should come from a pure heart and be sincere, real and truthful. It should be expressed not in words, but in truth and deeds. It must be diligent.

Therefore, let us grow in love and respect for each other, because we are all members of the same body, the body of Christ, belong to the same family, the family of God, and we are brothers and sisters to each other. Let’s put love above everything else, for love is “perfect unity.”(Colossians 3:14). Let us not notice each other’s weaknesses, and let us love each other from a pure heart, sincerely and unfeignedly.

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