Time To Get Real!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 9-12
Wow, what a packed passage that is? Love must be sincere, real and not feigned! How true is that? My Greek professor in college told us that the word used for sincere comes from the arts. It means without wax. You see sculptors of that day needed to pick the best marble for their creations. Unscrupulous ones would pick cheap marble with many flaws and would fill in the cracks and crevasses with wax in order to deceive potential buyers. Artists who were real would let any flaws in the rock show for what they were naturally. So in the context of relationships to be sincere is to allow any shortcomings, flaws or blemishes to show. It is all about being REAL and NOT fake or deceptive. In Jesus it is totally fine to be exactly who you are, without the need to cover up or conceal anything. It is time to ditch the fig leaves! Because we all fall short of the ideal, but His love compensates and makes us whole, complete and mature. And it takes two real people to make a real relationship. Anything less than real just compromises the relationship and damages the connection. Jesus emptied Himself and became fully human and real for us. Should we give Him and others any less in return?
Because of Him we can be joyful in hope. Knowing full well that our joy will be made fully complete in Him allows us to have hope through the most difficult of circumstances and times. We can be patient in affliction because He is our healer and He is never slow in keeping His promise. Then we can remain faithful in prayer because He has remained faithful to us and brought us through many valleys of the shadow of death. Being connected to Him via sincere love gives us the motivation to press forward in spite of our obstacles and troubles.
In closing I would like to say that I just love sincerity and that it is the single greatest thing that I look for in people with whom I want to relate with in this life. It is better to be sincerely wrong about something than phony and right. Jesus can work greatly through a person who is sincere and real, but dishonesty can severely limit our capacity to live, love and relate to Him and others.
Kirk Out !
p.s. I love simple, relational, organic, home fellowship because I feel it helps us to be sincerely authentic and real on every level. It is hard to hide and slide by in a living room full of mutual peers. Plus when open, gut level sharing by all is the norm it does not take long for deep and sincere relationships to develop and thrive.