“…Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9
Holiness sounds scary. It need not be, but to the average American it is. Our tendency is to say that holiness is something for the cloistered halls of a monastery. It needs organ music, long prayers, and religious-sounding chants.
It hardly seems appropriate for those in the real world of the twenty-first century. Author John White seems to agree with that as he wrote in The Flight the images that came to his mind when he thought about holiness:
frequent cold baths
hours of prayer
wild rocky deserts
getting up at 4 a.m.
Is that the mental picture you have when you think of holiness? Most do. It’s almost as though holiness is the private preserve of an austere group of monks, missionaries, mystics and martyrs. But nothing could be further from the truth.
I couldn’t be in a greater agreement with Chuck Colson’s statement in Loving God: “Holiness is the everyday business of every Christian. It evidences itself in the decisions we make and things we do, hour by hour, day by day.”
When we think about doing the will of God, we must consider His call to holiness. These two are inseparable. The Bible says, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from sexual sin” (1 Thesalonians 4:3).
To abhor evil is to have an “intense hatred” for it. If our minds are being changed by God, we will hate what God hates. We will live in agreement with His heart, and thus, walk in His ways.
To “cling” is to have an affectionate identification with “what is good.” We will not only hate what God hates, but we will love what God loves.
Doing the will of God means living a holy life. 1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” We cannot ignore this call and live our lives in the will of God.
Love and hatred are real dynamics in all our lives. Choose today to let your love be for God and your hatred be for evil!