Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
It’s hard to just press past a verse like this. I am ashamed to say that I do not do this verse to the depth that God calls. I am praying and asking for grace from on high to move my family towards the calling that this verse points us to. Let’s break it down some.
Here we learn what “genuine love” looks like. Genuine love looks like abhorring what is evil and holding fast to what is good.
To “abhor” means to hate, to detest, and to have a horror of. It means that we are to be afraid to go near evil. We are to flee from it the way that Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife.
To “hold fast” on the other hand means to glue oneself to, to cement together, to cleave, and to join with. We are called to cement ourselves to that which is good.
True love, or genuine love looks like detesting and fleeing from evil and joining together and cementing yourself to that which is good. When we read a verse like this, we have an option to obey and put what we have just learned into practice. Maybe you are reading this devotion early in the morning just after I have written it, or maybe you will read this devotion later in the evening at the same time when I will share this with my wife and kids before bed. Whenever you read it you have the duty to either go through this day, or tomorrow’s day abhorring the evil of our world (and in our hearts), and gluing ourselves to the good. One of the things it means to glue yourself to the good would be to glue yourself to this truth today. To make a resolve from this day forward to flee from evil and cling to that which is good. For this is true and genuine love.