Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:24)
The measure of our love to God is not a casual emotion that we can use at our convenience. Many people love Jesus and love God or at least say they do. The love that is true to the Lord is a love that is without reservation, unending and unequal. Saying we love God and having a sincere love for God are two different things. From the beginning of time true love shows itself by its devotion and steadfastness to the one loved and no higher love can a man have than love to the Lord. It is the greatest of love as the creation returns to the Creator an unmerited favor extended through the mercy of God. Paul did not admonish the brethren to love the Lord Jesus Christ but to love Him with sincerity and honesty.
The Greek word in this text defines sincerity as being incorruptible. There is no mixture of untruth in the love for the Lord. It is amazing that Paul had to suggest that love be with sincerity because it would be assumed in the beginning. The danger has always been that love can be slight or insincere, with little affection and interest. Jesus told His disciples that love demanded every part of man and the Father expects nothing less. The soul, body, heart and mind must be given to the Lord in complete obedience. Sincerity of heart demands a complete surrender to the will of the Father. Love is defined by the yielding of all that man is to the love of the One who gave His only begotten Son to die on a cross for men. The measure of love is the measure of the gift. God gave His Son because He loved us. We can do no less than to give our whole life to serve and adore Him.
Loving the Lord in sincerity is a dedicated love. We cannot love the Lord if we do not obey His commandments. Trust is the key element of love and trusting in the will of God is showing our love for who He is and what He has done for us. Saying we love God does not prove that we love Him. Embracing our lives to His will is showing our confidence that all He has done for us is real and we know He is right in all things. Children have a love that is fully trusting and forgiving knowing that everything they need will be taken care of by the one who loves them. How much greater love can we share than the blessings God has given us and bestowed upon our lives when we do not deserve them? Unmerited favor is the flavor of His love for us. Loving the Lord in sincerity fills our lives with the peace that passes understanding guided by the power of His word and hope of eternal life. Love is sincere because it is eternal leading us to the throne of the Lord.
When we learn to love the Lord with sincerity we will never feel threatened or filled with despair because we know He loves us. Our hearts will be guarded from fear because perfect love cast out fear reassuring our spirits there is nothing man can do to us as long as the love of God is poured out in our hearts. It is real and active. Love with sincerity will guide our hearts today as we gather on the first day of the week to remember that long ago the Son of God rose from the dead conquering death and vanquishing the sting of sin. His victory is our triumph as we look to the day we shall join Him in the resurrection day of glory sharing love for eternity. Sincere love is immortal love. Unending.