Let love…

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. (Romans 12:9-10, KJV)

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. {10} Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” {Romans 12:9-10 ESV} (blueletterbible.org)

“Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. {10} Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.” {Romans 12:9-10 NET} (blueletterbible.org)

 

I don’t always fully understand the meaning of some verses when I read them from the King James version (KJV). I’d have to be an English Major (oh…wait! I am!…lol) to decipher some of the words, and even the order in which the words are arranged, in the KJV. That’s why I looked at other translations of the verses.

These verses had two things I didn’t understand: dissimulation and in honour preferring

After looking up dissimulation, I found that it does mean “hypocrisy,” as it is written in the New English Translation (NET). The phrase in honour preferring seems to me to need some punctuation: in honour, preferring… But, enough about the semantics

I noticed that verse 9 starts with the word, “Let,” which means: “to allow or permit” (dictionary.com) Well maybe a little more semantics!

Sometimes we overlook a small word like this, not really thinking about what it means. However, what Paul is saying is that I can make a conscious decision to love someone because of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. I can honestly say that I love a Christian brother or sister because I choose to. That doesn’t mean that I have to hang out with them all the time, but our spirits are joined together in a mutual way because we love God.

Paul wrote this passage to Christians. Read the entire chapter and you will see that he is telling new Christians how they should act toward one another. So when he tells them to love each other without hypocrisy, he’s saying they should genuinely love each other. I don’t think love means I have to like everything about everyone. Some people have quirks, and tics, and habits that just rub me the wrong way, but I can still love them.

Then he goes on to say that we should “Abhor what is evil; [and] hold fast to what is good.”

[A feeling] The word “abhor” is an extreme word. Paul really, REALLY means that we should not be tolerant of those things that are in opposition of God. Does it mean that we shouldn’t have any kind of personal relationship with people who are not Christians? I don’t think so. But those should not be our primary relationships.

Burr[An action] The other half of that statement is what we need to do: hold fast, cleave, cling to those things that are good. Like those little green bur things or a cocklebur, that get stuck to your sock! Latch on to those things that are good. Keep them closer to you than the things that are evil.

 

Verse 10 again tells me to act in a different way toward my Christians friends.

[A feeling] To be devoted is much more than just liking someone. Devotion is a soul feeling, almost like that other person is a part of you. I should love and protect my Christian friends the same as I would myself.

[An action] The final part of verse 10 is almost a challenge. Can you imagine what it would be like if we all tried to outdo each other, in love? I don’t mean see who can give a better gift, or do a greater deed. Genuine love for one another can be a powerful example to our friends who don’t know Christ {1 John 4:11 KJV}
{John 13:35 KJV} As my fellowship friend would say, “just do what you do.”

Have a circle of close Christians friends, who you can fellowship with; those who will help you strengthen your relationship with God. With that strength, you can go out and make new friends, to add to that circle.

In my opinion, we don’t have to like all of our Christian brothers and sisters, but we DO have to love them. And, if we are all living according to the words that Paul wrote to Christians, it shouldn’t be hard to like them either!

Let’s fellowship and share the love!

 

Gaining strength though our fellowship!

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” {1 John 1:3 KJV}

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3 thoughts on “Get stuck on each other!

  1. Great explanations and analogy. The only thing I want to add, and you eluded to it, is that non-Christians need to be in our circle of friends and maybe more than you implied. Fellowship with non-Christians for the purpose of showing them the Christian way is how we convert others. The Apostles, such as Paul, did not only fellowship with each other. They went into the world of non-Christians to spread the word. So the non-Christian fellowship is as important as our Christian fellowship. And as Christians we should be strong enough to withstand the temptations and be the example. Again, great work and thank you.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts. I am in total agreement that we, as Christians, should include non-Christians in the circle of our friends. How will they know unless we “tell” them, right? (Romans 10:14). Even Jesus was reprimanded by the Pharisees because He spent so much time hanging out with sinners (Luke 5:30-32). That is why we come here, isn’t it? So that we all will be “Gaining strength through our fellowship” and when the time comes for us to have to withstand temptations, we will be prepared. 🙂

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