THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Three-year-old Karen wanted another piece of chocolate cake.
Her Mom said, "No, Karen; that one you had was quite large."
Karen went off stomping and pouting.
Mom asked, "Don't you love me honey?"
Karen, "Yes, Ma'am. But I don't like you very much right now!"
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
The word "love" is translated from the Greek agape;
meaning affection given as charity, without thought of return.
The word "dissimulation" is translated from the Greek anupokritos;
meaning sincere, without hypocrisy, unfeigned.
The word "Abhor" is translated from the Greek apostugeo;
meaning to detest completely.
The word "cleave" is translated from the Greek kollao;
meaning to adhere, be firmly attached, glued.
The word "evil" is translated from the Greek poneros;
meaning hurtful or malicious.
The word "good" is translated from the Greek agathos;
meaning upright quality, upright morality or upright character.
Permit me to rephrase the verse:
"Let your affection be shown without fakery and without thought of return.
Detest utterly that which is hurtful or malicious;
be firmly attached to that which is of upright morality or character."
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another;
Sincere affection is known when it is shown.
And that is the "sign" of the Christian faith to the world.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.