You know the type. Those who are very, very nice and as friendly as they can be. In fact, a little too nice and friendly. You can't help but feel they have an ulterior motive. They pretend to show concern. They may even promise to pray for you, but as soon as they leave you, they totally forget about you.
It's hard to feel close to people like that, because they're not real! The things they do and say don't have much power because they don't really mean them. As you read this Scripture passage, keep in mind the difference between doing right and really meaning it.
Romans 12:9-18: Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them! That's the key. Paul goes on from there with a whole list of practical pointers for the Christian walk, it's kind of like the Christian Bill of Doing Rights. Notice the words Paul uses: "really...genuine...enthusiastically..." Giving without expecting anything back.
These verses sum up the whole core of Christian Life. If we love and serve someone as Christ has loved and served us, we will be living just the way He wants us too. That means loving, serving, and reaching out to others sincerely. "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you". Matthew 7:12a
I see genuine love among you at Youth Group, just as Paul wrote about. Thank you for setting the example of a Christian's Bill of Doing Rights! See you at Youth Group, 5:30-7:00 on Sunday evenings. I look forward to fellowshipping with such amazing Youth! Mr. Shawn and I are praying for you as you complete the last few days of this school year. God Bless!