SUBJ: The proper attitude of the
justified toward fellow Christians being seen as anchored in love
without hypocrisy (dissimulation).
AIM: That we might be conscious of
our attitude and so to strive toward behavior that is consistent with
the knowledge that we are the redeemed of the Lord whose attitude we
INTR: Having established that our
reasonable service is worship and praise to our Lord in the way that is
due Him we look to expressions and attitudes that are consistent with
praise to Him.
1. There is a danger of having the gifts grace and
failing to use them to His glory.
2. The Christian life (eternal life
in Christ) is one of expression and there are two to whom expressions
are made – God and fellow saints.
3. In our text for today we note
that these expressions are to the family and we cannot emphasize enough
the importance of those things.
Salvation is by grace alone and it only follows that such produces
gracious people who manifest the love of Christ to each other and
I. The foundation upon which a proper attitude is built
1. Dissimulation refers to hypocrisy or love that is faked or
put on and is at best a cheap imitation of that which we see so purely
in the love of Christ.
2. The word here is the same as that used by
our Lord in such commands as “Love one another as I have loved you.” The
implications of sacrifice are undeniable.
3. We would be reminded of
the example of Jesus and the teaching of Paul: 1 Though I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I
have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity,
I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth
me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
4. At the same time such love is
being cultivated we are to experience and express an intense hatred for
sin and evil of all kinds and especially as it appears in us and with a
view to the effects in all.
5. We are to cleave (glue ourselves) to
that which is good and that is God Himself
1) As we see Him expressed
in the Gospel and so to the promotion of it and every good work.
The recognition of all that is good: Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8.
The fruit of the Spirit in operation (vv. 10-11)
1. To be kindly
affectioned has a strong inference of the love of family and might be
used of earthly families. Here the context is that of the Spiritual
family as referenced in v. 4 above.
1) There is to be not only
affection felt, but affection expressed in whatever form it might take.
2) It is designed that we should reflect the work of grace.
2. It is
to be with brotherly love (and also without dissimulaton). This is a
love of delight and it has a purifying effect: Who verily was
foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in
these last times for you, Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying
the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1 Peter 1:22.
3. We remember the encounter of Peter and his response to the question
of Christ and the challenge of Christ in it.
4. In preferring one
another we acknowledge that we are undeserving in and of ourselves and
therefore prefer what we see of the effect of Christ in others.
v. 11, the word business is elsewhere translated as diligence or
carefulness about the things we do and so to avoid sloth. Fervent in
spirit is to express boiling love and the obvious effect on our lives.
6. And so, to serve the Lord!
III. The faith which accompanies
such things in us (vv. 12-13)
1. These things may come as a result of
faith or the confirmation of our faith in Christ or both!
2. Thus, we
are to be rejoicing in the hope of which faith is the evidence and which
is found as we look to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ our
Lord. It is an enlivened sense of Christ in us the hope of glory and
this in spite of circumstances.
1) This entails meditation on
salvation and that which we possess and
2) It involves a sense of the
identity we have with brethren now and down through centuries.
Being patient in tribulation is again to be attributed to the confidence
we have in Him who has promised – not that we should escape tribulation,
but that we should mature in waiting on Him.
4. And so, to be instant
5. Faith will move us to not only to look for necessity in
the saints, but to be ready to provide for them and to look for
opportunity to show hospitality.