Clinging to the Good

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Romans 12:9 (NIV)
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Reflect

  I chose this passage because without being sincere, there is no love.

  In this passage, I think God is telling us to categorize what is good and what is evil. Sometimes, we don’t see the difference. Other times, we choose not to acknowledge it. That usually causes us harm.

  I remember when I was in a friendship that meant a lot to me. I cared about my friend deeply, but all that care blinded me from the fact that the friendship was one-sided.  That friend didn’t value me as much as I did her. It was a painful realization, but when I started to understand the difference, I believe I was spared more pain.

  Has there ever been a time in your life where you have had to hate the evil and cling to what is good? Was it easy or hard? How did God bless you through it?

Respond

  I think God is encouraging us to find the good and hold on to it, while rejecting anything evil. We should take a look around and ask ourselves if that’s what we’re doing.

The author is a middle school student from Canada.

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