Love is Without Hypocrisy
- Date: March 19, 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
We are admonished to love one another. This is something we need to take to heart. Look over at Romans, Chapter 12, verse 9 for a moment. "Let your love be without dissimulation..." That's "without hypocrisy." Many of us try to have that feigned love. We know what the commandments are, and we try to walk through the actions of it. But the thing I'd like to admonish us in is to look at ourselves and ask this question: is it a genuine love, or is it an obligatory response? Am I really touched with the feelings of my brother's and sister's infirmities? When they hurt, do I hurt? When they're exalted, do I rejoice with them? That's the love of God. Tragically, many times when somebody's hurting, we're thinking, "Well, it's about time they got theirs. They are the ones that are always lucky and getting blessed, and I suffer. I love them, Lord, but this will be good for them." That happens here. That happens among people who are sons of Adam. What about being jealous when others among us are prospering and being exalted, when everything is going well with them? Is that what your heart does? Can you rejoice with those that rejoice? This is all part of that genuine love that is to be being worked in us as we embrace the cross. It's no longer I that live. When men look among us, and see our unified hearts, that we're in one accord, and that we love one another, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). It's that unity that men look upon, the unified hearts, and they can say, "Now I know that Jesus was sent of the Father. This can't be done in the flesh."
I told you about one of the remarks that my father made. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. For those of you that know anything about the military, that would be like a Master Sergeant. They're the men over everything that gets done. They oversee it. You can recognize them, because their fingers are crooked. Their index fingers are like this. If you've ever seen them, it's from carrying their coffee around. They see that the work gets done. They are very involved in the lives of a lot of men. He oversaw the motor pool on Fort Ord. He was-I can't remember what the government numbers are, but he was as high as you could go up, maybe a GS-15 or 16. It's whatever it was before presidential appointments back in those days. He had a lot of men that worked under him. He was involved in their lives. He oversaw huge budgets there in the military. He was a different kind of a man. I've told you some of the stories.
He was in the Navy for 23 years working for the motor pool, and he stood in this sanctuary at that window one day when he was visiting. I believe it was after prayer one night or whatever. He stood around, and he watched. He watched for a long time and saw the families coming. He saw people walking in the lot and people down in the thing. We walked through, and we went home. He looked at me, and he said, "You can't do that." And I asked, "What's that?" He said, "You can't do that. You can't get all these people to do that." He said, "It's obvious how they love each other." This was convicting his heart. He said, "It's obvious that they love one another. It's obvious that everybody's going in the same direction. You can't do that. How did you do that?" And I said, "I didn't have anything to do with it. We're all following the same Leader." We've all individually humbled ourselves and divested ourselves of personal lordship to make Jesus the Lord of our lives, so we as a community can be of one accord, and men would know that Jesus was sent of the Father. I shared with him at that time, and I said, "I'll tell you. It's Jesus." He didn't like to hear much about Jesus. "It's Jesus who was crucified by your sins and my sins, who God raised from the dead, and who is raised and seated at the right hand of God the Father, the head of His church. He's the one that's doing that. This is proof of His resurrection, His power, and His Lordship in the church." He looked at me and said, "Can't do that." That's our testimony. They look in here and say, "Behold how they love one another." And it's to be a love that's without hypocrisy.