Jesus said that all the law and the prophets, basically the Old Testament, hang on two commandments. The first, to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and the second to Love your neighbor as yourself. All our duty towards God and each other is summed up in that one word, love; it is the foundation of our mutual duty.
Let’s take a little tour through the scriptures and look at some examples of hypocritical love. In 2 Samuel chapter 20 we find that a rebellion against King David is taking place led by a man named Sheba son of Bichri. David calls upon his servant Amasa to gather warriors loyal to the king to meet in three days time. For whatever reason Amasa fails to get the job done in the time allotted so David called his nephew Abishai to gather his men and go after Sheba. One of those men, Abishai’s brother Joab was among the men and when he saw Amasa he approached him and “Joab asked Amasa, “Are you well, my brother?” Then with his right hand Joab grabbed Amasa by the beard to kiss him. Amasa was not on guard against the sword in Joab’s hand, and Joab stabbed him in the stomach with it and spilled his intestines out on the ground. Joab did not stab him again, and Amasa died.”
That’s a pretty extreme example, but King David wrote in Psalm 55:20, 21, “My friend acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant. His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords. And Solomon, his son, wrote in Proverbs 26:23-25, “Smooth lips with an evil heart are like glaze on an earthen vessel. A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within. When he speaks graciously, don’t believe him, for there are seven detestable things in his heart.” We see an example of this in John chapter 12; Mary, the sister of Lazarus is anointing Jesus feet with an expensive perfume or oil. In verse 6 Judas Iscariot remarks, ““Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the money-bag and would steal part of what was put in.”
Something that might hit closer to home James 2:15-16 says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? How often have you paid lip service to someone in need under the guise of caring, but did nothing to actually help them? This is why 1 John 3:18-20 says, “Let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things.”
With that we also have to bear in mind that some actions of love require more follow through to be genuine, in Ezekiel 33 it says, “As for you, son of man, your people are talking about you near the city walls and in the doorways of their houses. One person speaks to another, each saying to his brother, “Come hear what the message is that comes from the Lord!” So my people come to you in crowds, sit in front of you, and hear your words, but they don’t obey them. Their mouths go on passionately, but their hearts pursue dishonest profit. Yes, to them you are like a singer of passionate songs who has a beautiful voice and plays skillfully on an instrument. They hear your words, but they don’t obey them.” The son of man spoken of in that verse is Jesus, and you and I are His people. Do we as a culture find ourselves running our church services like concerts? De we as church goers attend church and invite people to join us, sit in the crowd, hear the words of The Lord, and then go back to our lives and disregard what we just heard? This is not good and we shouldn’t allow this to be the status quo in our churches or our lives.
So what are you and I to do to ensure that we love without hypocrisy? 1 Peter 1:22-23 says, “Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth through the Spirit, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again – not of perishable seed, but of imperishable – through the living and enduring word of God.” We talked in the last episode about how the heart was evil continuously and we needed to get a heart transplant from Jesus and then guard our hearts to keep them pure. Peter tells us here that we purify ourselves by obedience to the truth through the Spirit. It is then through our protected hearts that we have been purifying that we can love one another. And not just love, but love without hypocrisy.
Until next time…
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