“Let love be genuine.” Romans 12:9a
Have you ever been around someone who says they love you, but for some reason it just doesn’t seem like it is real? Something about them just doesn’t seem to match up. Unfortunately, I think this happens with Christians all the time. The world has Christians under a microscope. And for good reason too! The world knows that if Christians are going to live the way they are supposed to, their words and actions should be consistent. And that is what Paul is getting at in this verse when he tells us the Romans that their love should be genuine, or sincere. One of the worst things a Christian can do is talk about Jesus’ love and then not have real love themselves for people.
The people around you; your neighbors, people in the grocery story, people at the restaurant, your co-workers; they need to know the love of God by knowing what He did to pay the price for their souls. The best way to show this, is for you to grow and show your love for them!
My encouragement for us this week: Grow and Show Your Love for People!
But, don’t forget, at some point we need to talk to people about Jesus. It’s a nice idea to say that we can just show them through our actions, but to effectively reach people for Jesus, it will take both our actions and our words. Real love is shown through a consistency between our words and our actions.
Ps. Here are two steps you can take to grow your love for people.
- Pray and ask God to grow your love for people (it worked for me!)
- Listen to teachings about how to treat people (start with Five things I know about people – John Maxwell)