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A True Christian Will…

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

Our verse today encapsulates the essence of Christian moral and ethical conduct, emphasizing the importance of genuine love, a clear stance against evil, and a steadfast commitment to goodness.

The call for sincere love emphasizes authenticity in relationships. True Christian love should not be hypocritical or superficial but genuine and heartfelt.

The directive to “hate what is evil” indicates that Christians should have a clear moral stance. It is not enough to avoid evil; there should be a strong aversion to it. This hatred of evil aligns with God’s own disdain for sin and injustice.

“Cling to what is good” encourages us to hold fast to good actions, thoughts, and attitudes. This suggests an active, ongoing effort to pursue and maintain goodness in all aspects of life.

This verse balances the negative and positive aspects of Christian ethics—detesting evil while simultaneously embracing good. Both are necessary for a well-rounded and mature faith.

This instruction sets a foundational principle for Christian behavior. Genuine love, combined with a clear rejection of evil and an embrace of good, forms the basis for ethical living and healthy relationships.

In practice, this means we should constantly evaluate our actions and motives, ensuring our love is authentic, and our actions align with God’s moral standards.

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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