Samaritan Ministries International: Let Love Be Genuine — Not Fake

Health Care Sharing: Sharing the Love by Sharing the Burden

February 11, 2021

PEORIA, IL —During the month of February, we often hear a lot about love. The Bible reminds us to, “Let love be genuine (Romans 12:9).” Apparently, what may appear to be love is sometimes not real.

“We can read these words but not take time to realize what they mean,” says Ray King, special counsel to the president at Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan Ministries, www.samaritanministries.org), one of the nation’s leading health care sharing ministries. “We frequently hear talk about ‘fake’ news. This verse warns us against fake love. Some translations of the verse say, ‘Let love be without hypocrisy.’ When we pretend to love someone but are not happy when good happens to them or are even secretly happy when bad happens to them, our love is hypocritical.”

King expressed these ideas in an issue of Samaritan’s Christian Health Care Newsletter, of which he is editor emeritus.

“The rest of Romans 12 names more than 20 indications of genuine love—abhorring evil, holding fast to what is good, having brotherly affection, showing extreme honor to one another, living in harmony, fervently serving the Lord in the power of the Spirit, being constant in prayer, refusing to pay back evil for evil, sharing in others’ joys and sorrows, associating with the lowly, having humility, doing good to enemies, and much more. Only if our love is genuine will we have the endurance to overcome evil with good. Fake love may fool others and even produce short-term gain, but it has no eternal value.”

Health care sharing at Samaritan Ministries involves sharing the love by sharing the burden (Galatians 6:2).

Samaritan Ministries members are devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Across America and worldwide, they are connected to one another through Jesus’s love, especially when they have a health care need. Theirs are stories of hope, healing, and faith.

Through Samaritan Ministries’ effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing Biblical community of more than 280,000 individuals from over 85,000 households shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person to person each month. Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have been praying for and encouraging one another with personal notes and letters as they share each other’s health care needs.

Learn more about Samaritan Ministries International here; visit the Samaritan website at www.samaritanministries.org, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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