Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. – Romans 12:9
Meditation: I am very fond of the King James Version of the Holy Bible, but there are words in this trusted old translation that confound our modern ears. Dissimulation is one of those words. Dissimulation could be translated today as sincere or without hypocrisy. Similarly, cleave in today’s verse means to join together or hold fast. With this understanding the verse takes on fresh life.
By substituting the difficult words with ones more easily understood, we can see readily how this truth should permeatw our lives. “Let love be sincere. Abhor that which is evil; hold fast to that which is good. (Romans 12:9) What is insincere love? Who wants to hold to evil? Certainly no follower of Christ should subscribe to these ideas.
Only sincere love has value. Therefore, be sincere and honest in your affections, keeping Christ at the fore in all your relationships. Abstaining for abhorrent evil can only be effectively accomplished by supplanting evil with good. The Apostle Paul goes on to say later in the chapter to say, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
Call to Action: Remember your first love, Jesus Christ. You may love other things, but set your affections upon Him, and all needful things will come to you and all other relationships will fall in order.