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More unhypocritical love

Posted by on May 24, 2010 in discipleship, hospitality, love, service, spirit/holy spirit | 2 comments

A few days ago, I pointed out that unhypocritical (or sincere) love (Romans 12:9) includes the practice of “showing more honor” to one another (Romans 12:10).

But, Paul described “unhypocritical love” in other ways as well. He says unhypocritical love (Romans 12:11-13):

  • is not idle in eagerness
  • is burning for the Spirit
  • is a slave to the Lord
  • is rejoicing in hope
  • is enduring troubles
  • is persisting in prayer
  • is contributing to the needs of the saints (God’s children)
  • is pursuing hospitality.

I’ve translated these in a way that indicates a sense of continual action. What do you think?


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  1. 5-25-2010

    “Unhypocritical love” is simply the love of Jesus flowing through us with no motive involved except to love and enjoy Him together. Any of the characteristics of the love of Jesus could well be attached. I think the phrase was intended to keep folk aware that our human idea of love is often manipulative and deceptive in nature – wanting something from others. The love of Jesus has no such motives – it is not two faced.

  2. 5-25-2010


    I agree. It’s also an all-encompassing love.