Love is all around me apparently, so the song tells me. I feel it in my fingers and in my toes. Apparently, though I’ve never watched, there is a new season of an island of love about to start on the TV. An island of love! That must be some island!
If you wanted to read everything on the internet about love then you would need to sit down in front of approximately 4,600,000,000 articles, so that’s 4 billion 600 million things to read today about love. Or you could just read these 4 words:
“Love must be sincere.” (Romans 12 v 9)
Love from the centre of who you are; don’t fake it. (Message)
Let love be without hypocrisy. (NASB)
Let love be genuine. (ESV)
Paul is about to list how love is seen. But it is seen. If it is real love it is more than words, it impacts, it changes the atmosphere, it influences for the good and it is more powerful than any evil.
Eva Mozes Kor had forgiven the Angel of Death, Josef Mengele. However her adoption of the grandson of Rudolf Hoss, the SS Commander of Auschwitz, revealed genuine, extreme and sincere love. “I’m proud to be his grandmother. I admire and love him. He had the need of love from a family he never had.”
Jung Jin-Wook and her husband had been Korean missionaries in Turkey since 2015, they were great evangelists. Then one day her husband, Kim, was attacked in the street whilst evangelising, he was fatally stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back. He was 41 years old. Later she wrote to her husband’s killer facing court: “I do not understand why you did this, but I cannot be angry at you. Many people want the court to give you a heavy punishment. But I and my husband don’t want this. We pray that you become worthy of heaven, because we believe in the worth of people. God sent his Son Jesus, who forgave those who persecuted him. We also believe in that and we pray that you would also repent of your sin.” It revealed genuine, extreme and sincere love.
The horrendous picture of the naked girl in 1972 running for her life with the other children from the napalm bombs dropped in the Vietnam War went global. But so did her genuine, extreme and sincere love in 1996 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C when she forgave the pilot who dropped the bombs.
Demonstrate sincere love today, let it be seen, the world is waiting.