As I Have Loved You

Page No.7
No Hypocrisy

Romans 12:9 in the New American Standard Version says “Let love be without hypocrisy.” The New International Version says “Love must be sincere.”

The word in the original Greek text for this kind of love is “anupokritos,” which means “no hypocrisy.” If we look at the derivation of that Greek word, we find that it comes from the ancient Greek drama. You see, in those days each actor had to play different parts. Rather than use a lot of makeup, the ancient Greek actors wore different masks, depending on the character they played. If they played a happy character, they’d wear a smiling mask. If they played a sad character, they’d wear a sad mask.

There is no question about it – we are commanded to love with a sacrificial love. Husbands have a special charge on them from the Book of Ephesians:

The Bible is telling us here that our love shouldn’t be a phony outward expression, when inwardly we are filled with hatred and bitterness. Our love must be sincere, inside and out. We know that Jesus often condemned hypocrisy, and we also know that critics of Christianity will point to the hypocrisy of Christians or churches as a reason for their antagonism towards the faith.

So remember – don’t be a phony. Your love must be the real deal.

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