There is a good deal of what we might call sham love. People profess to love you very much, when you find it is all on the surface. It is not heart love.
Very often you are in a person’s house, and the servant comes in and says such a person is in the front room, and she says, “Oh, dear, I am so sorry he has come, I can’t bear the sight of him and she’ll get right up and go into the other room and say, “Why, how do you do? I am so glad to see you.” There is a good deal of that sort of thing in the world.
I remember I was talking with a man one day, and an acquaintance of his came in, and he jumped up at once and shook him by the hand—I thought he was going to shake his hand out of joint, he shook so hard,—and he seemed to be so glad to see him, and wanted him to stay, but the man was in a great hurry, and could not stay, and he coaxed and urged him to stay, but the man said no, he would come at another time; and after that man went out, my companion turned to me and said, u Well, he is an awful bore, and I’m glad he’s gone.”
Well I began to feel that I was a bore too, and so I got out as quick as I could. That is not real love. That is love with the tongue, while the heart is not true. Now let us not love in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth. That is the kind of love God gives us.—MOODY.