God is One. And God has one over-arching purpose to be worked out in the lives of His children. We are…
…to be conformed to the image of his Son… – Romans 8:29
As we allow God’s conforming, transforming work to be done within our lives, each one of us will become more and more one person. One with God. One person – whether we are alone or with those we love or with those we find difficult to love, whether we are with a few or with many, whether we are at work, at play, at church, on vacation or in an unexpected circumstance or location – becoming more and more like Jesus. Becoming more and more one authentic, loving, sincere person.
God is One. God is Love.
God refines us so that any duplicity of character can no longer easily exist within us. To become more like Jesus, we are to be transformed by God’s Spirit and God’s Word so we may love others as our One God loves us. And that requires sincerity.
Love must be sincere. – Romans 12:9
I am so thankful for every time God schmushes down (expresses succinctly and right to the point – in case you weren’t sure of my meaning) what He is asking of us. What God requires us to do. Well, God got right to the point here. God schmushed it all right down for us on this one: Love must be sincere.
There is nothing to question. Nothing to debate. No great theological-philosophical rhetoric to work through in order to gain clarity of understanding. There is nothing to dispute, discuss or deliberate. Love must be sincere.
No pretenses. No prejudices. No pre-conditions. No arguments. No excuses. No games. No ulterior motives. No manipulations. No hypocrisy.
Just a wide-opened willingness to let the transforming grace and truth of Jesus Christ heal us, strengthen us, purify us and grow us up so that we will love others – all others – as God loves us. In sincerity. In truth.
Love must be sincere. This is God’s one way to love.