Loving Without Hypocrisy

Loving Without Hypocrisy

“Let love be without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9).

Is it possible to love with hypocrisy? Must be. Or, at least it’s possible to look like you are loving others, but that’s all it is—looks. The love isn’t alive. It’s a house plant of love. Phony.

We don’t have to wonder what love free of hypocrisy would look like. Paul tells us in the next barrage of verses. Love detests evil, clings to what it is good, and there is a family-style community in the church (Romans 12:9–10). When the grace of God touches down, making contact with your heart, it radiates into the community, into our one-anothering.

What Paul does in the rest of the paragraph, Romans 12:9-18, is show how to fuel a gospel culture, or how to frustrate it.

Fuel a 
Gospel Culture
Frustrate a 
Gospel Culture
Detest Evil (v.9)Silent toward Evil
Cling to Goodness (v.9)Overlook Goodness
Family Style (v.10)Isolate
Honor Everyone (v.10)Dishonor Others
Zeal for Christ (v.11)Meh for Jesus
Excited to Serve (v.11)Grumble 
Rejoice (v.12)Woe is Me
Patient (v.12)Give Up
Persistent in Prayer (v.12)Occasional in Prayer
Share (v.13)Stingy
Hospitable (v.13)Unreachable
Bless (v.14)Curse
Sympathize (v.15)Ignore
Harmonize (v.16)Disagreeable
Humble (v.16)Proud
Friendly (v.16)Cliquey
Careful (v.17)Reactful
Peaceful (v.18)Vengeful
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