- Jan 1, 2019
- Eastern Europe
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- Eastern Orthodox
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- Acceptance of the Trinity & Nicene Creed
So what should we do if we don't feel love (I'm talking about the emotion)? Should we state our feelings in a truthful, yet cold way (e.g.: "I don't feel any empathy or positive emotions in regards to your suffering, but I'm going to say comforting things to you regardless")? Or should we just keep quiet, say nothing (which would also get us labeled as indifferent and insensitive)?.
● Rom 12:9a . . Don't just pretend that you love others.
The Greek word translated "love" is derived from agape (ag-ah'-pay) which refers
to affection and/or benevolence; so we have a couple of choices.
I suggest Rom 12:9a forbids not only pretending to like people, but also pretending
to care about them.
I've heard politicians say "I feel your pain" when you know in your heart that they
don't feel anything at all-- zero --it's just bombast.
Webster's defines "pretense" as fiction, make-believe, and/or simulation. Ironically,
pretense is foundational to common courtesy. But when it comes to love; Christians
should never put on a front. In other words: don't lead someone on to believe you
care about them when in reality you don't. That's not only dishonest and
misleading; it's cruel.