Sunday 19th of March
“Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.”
In our reading today, St Paul gives us a little instruction on love. He reminds us that our love for others needs to be sincere, honest, and authentic because insincerity and hypocrisy damage and hurt others. However, when we love others authentically, we show them honour and respect; it brings out the best in them. Are we aware of any hypocrisy or insincerity in our attempts to love others?
As we continue to deepen on our love for others, we might call to mind someone that we struggle to love; let’s talk to Jesus about this. Jesus models for us someone who lived with a love that was sincere, honest, and unconditional. We are called to imitate this kind of love for others.
Lord, please help us to walk with you and learn from you how to love with sincerity
Today we can reflect on the words (even from several biblical translations) with his definition. We can ask God to show us where we are living love and where and what inside us blocks or separates us from it.
Love is: patient, kind, rejoices with the truth, and never fails. It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. Love is not: envious, boastful, puffed up, easily provoked, proud, arrogant, or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing.