Cling To What Is Good

"...cling to what is good."

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

A droplet of water clings to the bottom of a flower petal. WOW, what a miracle. Some powerful force must be at work to enable such a bond. When the force weakens, the water no longer clings, and falls to the ground with a "splat." A miracle becomes an ordinary "splat."

I looked up the definition of "cling," and found that "to cling" means, "to hold on tightly," or, "to remain very close," or, 'to remain persistently or stubbornly faithful to something." I like that. I think we need more persistent, stubborn faithfulness today. "No matter what happens, I'm not letting go!" That's what I want to hear when I'm dangling over the rail of some difficult situation. I want to know that someone loves me sincerely enough that they're clinging to me - persistently, stubbornly, faithfully holding on to me. I hear that loud and clear from God. I also need to hear it from those around who say they love me.

If that's what I need, then I suspect it's what others need as well. I'm not talking about someone being "too clingy." That's an unhealthy situation where one person becomes overly dependent on another and loses their own sense of self and direction. I'm talking about the kind of clinging that brings health to relationships, a passionate "holding on" instead of a lackadaisical, ho-hum sort of co-existence.

The Apostle Paul knew that in matters of faith and the love which flows from faith, passion is important. Nothing can be lackadaisical! That's why he exhorted his listeners to have a sincere love for God and one another, a love that demands action - a love that compels the person to move away from evil and cling to good with all of their might. If we fail to love passionately, clinging to what we know is good and who is good for us, we become just another splat! It's not complicated, and it's not pretty. Without sincere love that clings, we fall and splat! I pray that God will teach me to cling! How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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