Fake Love

We probable have all done it.

Keeping up “the appearance” for one reason or another. Fake love is hypocritical and judged most severally when viewed by God among the fellowship of believers. Why would anyone fake love in God’s house as they mingle with His people? Jude does a good job of explaining their weakness of character, and what judgement awaits.

“Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay [have poured themselves out] they have given themselves up to the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the ones who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, like shepherds caring only for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, [twice] doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, churning up their own shameful deeds like dirty foam; wandering stars, for whom the [netherworld gloom] gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.” (Jude 1:10-13 NASB)

Cain was vengeful when slighted. Balaam was a bad example. “But I have a few things against you, because you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a [temptation to sin] stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14 NASB) Have you ever witnessed a power struggle in the church? That’s what happened at Korah. A nasty rebellion! (Numbers 16:1-3)

Even hatefully evil power-hungry hypocrites can repent and receive forgiveness. God is not willing any perish. (2 Peter 3:9) But know this, “Love must be free of hypocrisy. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor,” (Romans 12:9-10 NASB)

Soon the leaves will fall from the trees and bushes exposing their branches. Maybe some pruning, then all will be quiet waiting for snow.