Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. — Romans 12:9 ASV
Have you ever had to wrestle a toy from a child who didn’t want to let go? Nearly impossible, isn’t it? Well, that’s an example of cleaving. When we cleave to someone or something, we go beyond simply holding on to it; we cling to it as if our lives depended on it. We hold on with no intention of letting go.
The passage above from Romans encourages us to abhor evil (which goes beyond hatred and onto utterly detestable) and cleave to what is good. We are to hold fast to good with no intention of letting go.
In a world where right living is relative, we are to cleave to what is good. We are to continue doing good even when those around us discourage it. We are to continue doing good even when those around us reject it (and quite possibly reject us, too).
We are to abhor evil; we are to cling to what is good.
Therefore, I encourage you to cling to what is good today. Hold fast to God’s righteousness. Do not allow the things of this world to rip goodness out of your hands. Be good. Do good. Cling to what is good. Hold fast to what is good. And never let go. I repeat: never let go. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21 ASV).