3. Being real is being loving--and the Bible commands it.
The Bible is very clear on loving your neighbor—and Romans even specifically tells us to make sure our love is genuine. Love isn’t love if it’s fake. If God is love, then love must be real. That’s the example we are to follow.
Consider the following verses.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
Romans 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart…
Love. Honor. Earnestly. Covers. Genuine. These are the words that jump out at me from the above verses. We’re to love each other with honor, love each other earnestly, love each other genuinely. How can we love our neighbors well if we’re hiding behind walls, wearing masks, and keeping them at arms’ length? I don’t want to let insecurity or fear of rejection or embarrassment keep me from following a command in the Bible.
The best part about being real and authentic is that it’s contagious. You’ll find that the more open and genuine you are with others, the more they’ll start to become that way with you. You’ll be creating an atmosphere and environment of safety for them to respond to.
Go ahead, try it. Take the mask off today. Who cares if you’ve got an emotionally bloody lip under there or weary, blood-shot eyes?
Let them see. Let them love.
Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of fourteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her newlywed hubby, two story-telling young daughters, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she's not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. Look for her latest novel with HarperCollins, LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES, and POCKET PRAYERS FOR FRIENDS with Max Lucado. Visit her at http://www.betsystamant.com./
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