We shall now consider the qualities of Christ-like love. Love is to be sincere. "Let love be without hypocrisy" (Romans 12:9). The word hypocrisy comes from a root meaning a reply, and it came to mean the acting of stage-players, because such answered one another in dialogue. Hence it came to mean a pretence, acting a part. Then love is to be innocent. "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour" (Romans 13:10). Delilah, under the guise of love, betrayed Samson. Judas, behind the veil of friendship and affection, betrayed the Lord Jesus. Yet the Lord, even in the Upper Room, gave him a final opportunity when He gave him the sop. We must understand that as an Eastern custom of the day it was a sign of friendship but it was rejected. Again, love is to be generous. There are two types of love - the giving and demanding sorts. Christ's love was such that "having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end". "To the end" means to completion; it has been translated "to the uttermost". Campbell-Morgan suggests another translation, "Having loved His own which were in the world He saw it through". He knew all things, John tells us, yet knowing it all He saw it through. No turning back. Love giving all! Paul appealed to the Corinthians to show the proof of their love by the way they received his fellow missionaries (2 Corinthians 8:24).
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:13-14