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Time To Get Authentic And Real!

May 6, 2016


“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 shortcomings, 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, authentic, and real, but dishonesty can severely limit our capacity to live, love and relate with Him and others.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

p.s.  I love simple, relational, organic, Spirit led home fellowship because I feel it helps us to be sincerely authentic and real on every imaginable level.  It is hard to hide anything and slide by in a simple living room full of mutual face to face peers.  Plus when open, deep, gut level sharing by all is the norm it does not take long for deep and sincere relationships to develop and thrive.










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  1. Thank you so much for speaking the truth in love. It does show your sincerity and honesty. I appreciate it wholeheartedly.

  2. Thank you Peter for that word of confirmation and encouragement. It is much appreciated!

  3. Suzy Crees permalink

    There is such freedom in being totally open and honest with the Lord. Maybe that needs to happen first, before we can be open and honest with our peers. I once thought that if a certain friend really knew me she would not like me. Since knowing my freedom in Christ, I can be free with others and experience their unconditional love. I like knowing that Christ knows all of my flaws and loves me anyway. That is how we can love one another with a sincere love.

    • That is right Suzy, so very clear and straightforward. I wonder why so many miss this truth when it is so very simple? Thanks for sharing Suzy!

  4. "BK" permalink

    I love the Greek meaning of sincere. So right on and clear!

    • It is a good Greek word BK, we don’t need to hide anything from Christ or each other. Authentic relationships can handle any flaws, character defects, or secrets.

  5. Dan permalink

    We used to call them “cardboard refrigerator boxes”. We would all come to church wearing them. They would be beautifully painted on the outside. Inside was another story. We were dead men’s bones. Only God knew the fear, anguish, woundedness, bitter anger, and isolation that we each nursed underneath the cardboard box. Then came the renewal. The
    Holy Spirit tore apart our cardboard boxes and dealt with the crap underneath. It was painful and embarrassing at times and we were made very vulnerable but the end result was amazing and wonderful. Now, no more boxes.

    • Dan, sorta reminds me of an old 1960’s spagetti western… “Boxes? We don’t need no stinking boxes!” Glad you were able to make the transition and reach renewal my brother.

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