Romans 12:9 "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality."
I love digging into the original Greek and Hebrew because you find things... the English just doesn't express as well. There is a website www.biblos.com where you can click on interlinear and read the English with the Greek words above. Above each word is a number and when you click on the number it will take you to the root word and define it.
In our verses today it says abhor (literally hate) evil and cling to what is good. Now cling creates a picture in my mind of a rock climber desperately trying to keep a grip on the rock face to prevent himself from falling. I wanted to know what Greek word was behind this so I followed the steps above and looked it up. The literal word is glue. Now I dabble with wood and I use some glue. I have glue that is so strong that if you try and take the two pieces of wood apart again the wood will break before the glue joint does.
Now think about that. We need to choose to hate sin which by nature we love and instead glue ourselves to that which is good. The only One I know who is truly good is God. I much prefer the picture of being glued to Him over the picture of desperately clinging to a rock face fearing death.
Seems to me that if I'm glued to Him I'll be doing whatever He does - loving others above myself, diligent, fervent, serving, rejoicing in hope, patient in trouble etc...
When I was a kid and Michael Jordan was at his peak there was an ad campaign with the slogan "I wanna be like Mike!"
I wanna be like Jesus :)