Loving Others

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Romans 12:9 KJV

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.  Romans 12:9 NKJV

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Romans 12:9 NLT


I get an email each day with a verse to study, meditate and pray with. They come in the King James Version. When I Romans 12:9, I was not sure what dissimulation meant so I looked it up in the dictionary and looked at a few other translations so I could get the full meaning.

Dissimulation means to conceal one’s thoughts, feelings, or character. Not a word I use very often in my vocabulary. I went to the New King James, and it used the word hypocrisy. Hypocrisy means saying one thing and doing something else.

Then I looked up the verse in the New International Version. I liked what I saw. Love must be sincere.

Then I went to the New Living Translation, and it said not to just pretend to love others but really love them.

When you put all of these translations together you get how to love others with genuine love, not a pretending, but loving with a sincere heart.

What if you really don’t love someone and you don’t want to pretend that you do? This can take prayer to have a love for others like Jesus has for us. He loves us with a sincere, gracious, love full of mercy even when we don’t deserve it.

Jesus still has a lot of work to do in helping me love others as He loves.

–Diane (

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Written by Diane Levy


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