- 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; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:9-13)
- But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)
- So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:12-15)
Oh, how often I fall so short of these commands. I read this and I'm convicted so strongly. Sure, I "love" whom I want to, "encourage" those I wish to encourage, "bear with" them who I will to. If I am not doing this to all my brothers and sisters, I am not doing it truly for any. "Let love be without hypocrisy..." How is my love hypocritic? ("Where is your heart? 'Cause I don't really feel you Where is your heart? What I really want is to believe you...")