I am not usually a fan of drinking tap water. It’s not that I am a “water snob” but I can often detect a funny taste and odor to it. Some locations are worse than others and the difference lies in how the water is treated and how much chlorine is left after disinfecting it. I am fairly confident of the bacteria, viruses or parasites having been killed by the chlorine. But I sure do not like to taste it. These charcoal filters do a pretty good job of filtering out that funny taste.
In today’s verse we are to filter out what is evil and only allow in what is good. In that way our love for others is sincere. Calling something “love” that is tainted with self-interest is an insincere love, allowing evil to cloud it. Recognizing sincere love can only happen when I filter out what the world defines as love. The love portrayed in novels and films can parade as real but when evil and disobedience to God’s standard are mixed in, it falls short and often leads to hurt and disappointment.
A love that is sincere and without evil is described in I Corinthians 13:4-7. This picture of sincere love has little resemblance to what is around me. I need to filter out impatience, selfishness, pride, envy and an unforgiving spirit. For my love to be sincere, I want to cling to faithfulness, speaking truth and showing honor. God’s Word tells me how to view love. God’s Word tells me when love is sincere. Without His Word, I would not be able to discern what is truly good and sincere.
Lord, make my love sincere and good today.