Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sincerity in Love

Since God knows all things, it is important that we be always sincere in our truthfulness of relationships towards our fellow men and women.  We cannot deceive God.  And the Bible points clearly to us.  “Pardon, and you shall be pardoned.  Give, and it shall be given to you…..for the measure you measure with will be measured back to you” (Lk. 6:38).  With more reason we should exert efforts in doing good sincerely towards our service to God and the neighbor since God knows our secret intentions and purposes and how much the Lord detests such hypocritical pretense and attitudes in relationships towards others, both towards God and our fellow men and women.  Such was the reason why Jesus objected to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.  “It is because you are unable to understand my language.  The devil is your father, and you prefer to do what your father wants.  He was a murderer from the start; he was never grounded in the truth; there is no truth in him at all: when he lies he is drawing on his own store, because he is a liar, and the father of lies” (Jn. 8:43-45). 

St. Teresa often advised her nuns to be truthful always.  Rightfully so, because God is a God of truth and the devil is the father of lies. Even while here on earth we have to keep our lines of connection open to God because God is a God of truth (cf. Jn. 8:45).  So if your love for God and the fellow men and women is true and sincere, you can only reap the golden harvest of God’s undying word which assures us: “We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his decree” (Rom. 8:28). 

If you are true and sincere you will certainly endeavor to seek for His will and do God’s will in your life.  God Almighty knows your every secret desire and intention.  Even William Shakespeare in his play Hamlet expresses how that sincerity is essential: “To thine own self be true and it will follow as day follows night you will be true to every man” (Hamlet act i, sc.3).

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