“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 |
|Frustrate a |
|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|