“Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12: 9 (HCSB)
How did you do with the idea of “flawless” love? Paul goes on to challenge us to find evil horrible.
He challenges us to see the real nature of evil – it is diseased, wicked, full of hardship. And when we see this nature – to have a horror at the very thought of it. As the Holman translation says – detest it. Find it horrible. Find it beyond what you can stomach. Do we do this? Or, do we sip it slowly and savor the taste?
God then speaks through Paul and tells us to join oneself to that which is excellent, distinguished, upright, honorable . The word used in the Greek carries the idea of being glued to it. I always picture the old Superglue commercial where the guy glues his helmet to the steel beam and hangs from it. He puts his full trust in that bond. God wants us to become so attached to that which is excellent that we would be ripped apart if we tried to separate from it.
Today – see if you can glue yourself to that which is good – and stay away from that which is wicked.
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