Love me tender

August 28, 2015

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What can I say, I love word studies, so this month my devotions (personally) have been in Romans chapter 12 (if you are building your devotional library let me recommend two books on Roman’s; Newell, single volume and Barnhouse (multi volume)

Romans 12:9

The apostle Paul is calling for the LOVE of God’s people to be:

  • “without hypocrisy” — NASB, NWT, ASV, NKJV

  • “sincere” — NIV, NAB, NEB, TEV, SEB, Berkeley

  • “not deceitful” — Lamsa

  • “genuine” — RSV, Goodspeed, McCord

  • “real” — NCV

  • “true” — Williams

  • “without dissimulation” — KJV

  • “Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them” — LB

  • “Let us have no imitation Christian love” — Phillips

WORD STUDY

The Greek word anupokritos appears six times in the pages of the NT documents (Rom. 12:9; II Cor. 6:6; I Tim. 1:5; II Tim. 1:5; I Pet. 1:22; James 3:17). It is used with reference to Love three times ……. Faith two times ……. and Wisdom one time. This word never appears in the Greek OT writings, and appears only twice in the Apocrypha (Wisdom of Solomon 5:18; 18:16). It means “to be an actor on the stage …. to play a part, to simulate, feign, pretend” (Wuest, p. 213).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Lev. 19:18, 34 Matt. 22:36-40 Mark 12:28-31 Luke 10:25-28 Rom. 13:8-10 Gal. 5:13-14 James 2:8f I John 3:18

COMMENTARY

“Love stands at the head, and is the fontal source of all separate individualized duties … and the main point on which he insists is sincerity” (Maclaren, p. 262).

“Christian love is a love which is cleansed of self. It is a pure outgoing of the heart to others” (Barclay, p. 177).

“Hypocrisy is, of all vices, one of the worst to which Christians may be addicted. The most vehement denunciations of the Master himself were directed against it” (Coffman, p. 433).

“Genuine benevolence is not that which merely professes attachment, but which is evinced by acts of kindness and affection” (Barnes, p. 280).

“The apostle counsels genuine love that takes its cue from God’s love in Christ and is out for the very best for other people” (Layman’s, p. 1411).

“Feigned love is hate disguised. Love was so prevalent, and so strongly characterized the early church, that he who had it not was tempted to simulate it” (Lipscomb, p. 225).

“If there be supreme love of God in the heart, all duties toward God will be discharged. If there be the love of the neighbor as of the self, all duties toward mankind will be performed” (Shedd, p. 366).

“Love is primary, but if it is not sincere, it is not real love but only pretense. The whole of the believer’s conduct should be bathed in love. If he fails to love his brother, doubt is cast on his professed love for God” (Expos. Comm., p. 132).

“Genuine love is Paul’s bidding: Not stage-actor love” ….. it is the “supreme fruit of justifying faith, and must be found in every believer” (Lenski, p. 766).

“Love is undissembled, it is the unaffected Christian grace” (Expos. Greek, p. 691).

“Have no hypocritical love; let not your love wear a mask; make no empty professions. Love God and your neighbor; and, by obedience to the one and acts of benevolence to the other, show that your love is sincere” (Clarke, p. 139).

Remember Peggy G, and her radiation therapy

Kim and her battle with cancer

Olivia doing quite well, keep on praying

Virginia M, still fighting but losing ground

Roger, E, brain cancer

Rolfe, also brain cancer

Maritus, new to the faith, just gave her some study books and a bible to help her. She is looking for a church home that’s near where she lives as she doesn’t have a car.

And Micah, going to prison, will turn himself in tomorrow, 7 years federal

Remember Nathan and his 20+ hard time federal prison, his wife gets sentenced next week

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