Love Thinks No Evil
- Date: August 6, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9)
- From No Greater Love
As the Scripture speaks to us, we see these great commandments, I like the fact that John 15:12 makes it very clear: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another [Man, if it would just stop there], as I have loved you." Romans 12:9 says, "Let [your] love be without dissimulation [hypocrisy is what that word means]. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." You know, we do a lot of abhorring, but how much cleaving do we do? Because the fact of the matter is we're not all bad. In fact, most of us in this room, if we would actually look at one another's lives, there's a whole lot more good than bad in us. I'm talking about our lifestyles. I'm not talking about anything else other than what we know and relate to on a daily basis. How much good in your brother do you spend time talking about, or, when we're together, do we talk about the areas where they're missing it-you know, where they need to become more like me in this area of their lives? You see, love thinks no evil. The hypocrisy of saying we love somebody and always pointing out their faults. "Let [your] love be without dissimulation..."
If we love somebody, we're covering their sins, aren't we? Not covering up. I don't have to spend time, waste time, we've all been taught on this so much. It's hypocritical to say we love the body of Christ, we love one another, and be nitpicking at the areas in our lives that the Holy Spirit is already working on. Do you think that if you can see it the Holy Ghost hasn't? Hmm? "Well, what I've found interesting is that God just seems to always talk to me about everybody's faults so my job is to go set everybody straight." Can I share with you where we started this teaching off? Get the beam out of your eye. If you're going to go help somebody else, get the beam out of your eye, get the log out of your eye. We gave an illustration of that; we've used it many times. It's amazing how some of us, with the beam in our own eye, want to help somebody get the little speck out of their eye and we're beating the tar out of them or we're trying to look into their eye and we're beating them with our 2x4 trying to help them get that little speck out. All of our carnality, all of our criticism, all of our self-righteousness is being heaped upon them when we're trying to help them with their little speck. Now I know that principle applies to everybody else in here. How many of us in here can see ourselves as the man with the beam? It's everybody else, isn't it?
"I understand what Paul was saying, but Paul was just struggling at that time with a few areas of persecution and trials in his life and he really didn't think he was the "chief of sinners." He just said that as a form of admonition to those that were going to come." I want to tell you that Paul was absolutely convinced that he was the chief of sinners. Paul had an intimacy with Jesus Christ and a revelation that none of us will ever know, and I want to tell you something: the closer you get to God, the moment you glimpse God, you know how vile you are. All that you think you are today, what you've accomplished, what you've become in the Spirit, if you would just glimpse Him, you will fall on your face like John the Beloved and become undone. When that happens, you're able to help other people. You're able to speak into the lives of others with a humility that you've never known before. You're going to be able to love with the same love wherewith you've been loved. "Love one another as I have loved you. Not with hypocrisy-stop pointing out the faults in others-but good, and this will be a way of beginning to share My heart, to share love the way that you've been loved."