Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another. Romans 12.9-10
In the first part of the book of Romans, Paul demonstrated that both Jews and Gentiles were in need of the gospel. Beginning with chapter 12, he explained how to practice our faith.
Paul wrote to the Romans regarding love and hypocrisy. In the Greek, the word for love in this verse is “agape”, which is love that is inclusive and selfless in its qualities. Christians should treat all men with this type of love, whether they are Christians or not.
Hypocrisy is a vice that is one of the worst for the Christian to be addicted. In Matthew 23, Jesus was vehement in his assessment of the experts of the law and the Pharisees. People have used hypocrisy, of others and their own, as an excuse to be disobedient to God. There will be consequences for their actions.
Christians are to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good. The words “abhor” and “cling” are strong terms that at first would appear to be opposites. Charles Hodge, in his commentary on Romans, explains that they are two sides of the same coin. You cannot abhor evil without clinging to what is good.
Christians should be devoted to each other. The ties of the spiritual family of God should be stronger than that of our earthly family. Jesus taught in Matthew 10.37 that our love for him must come before our love for family.
Christians should honor one another. We should be alert to situations where we can encourage others and show respect to them. Lead the way in showing honor to others instead of waiting to receive the honor from others!