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Here we see the connection between love and holiness: love, if it is to be real and sincere and wholehearted, must be pure and coming form a pure heart. Conversion leads to holiness, which produces love in the believer, though the converse is also true — loving sanctifies the lover. Thus, Wesley stressed that holiness was a loving of God with a whole heart and neighbor as self. The word “unhypocritical” (anypokritos) or as we would say “pure and genuine” is also elsewhere connected to loving in the New Testament (Rom. 12:9; 2 Cor. 6:6).
Ben Witherington III, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, 110