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Clinging To Good

The desire of the righteous is only good, Proverbs 11:23 (NKJV)

In his letter to the Church of Rome Paul exhorted them to, “Abhor (hate) what is evil,” and then he gave them a clear way to achieve this, telling them to “Cling to what is good.”  This word, “cling” used in this text is from the Greek word, “kollao kol-lah’-o,” and is from the root word, “kolla,” which means, “to glue,” “to join,” and “to cleave.” And it can be used of any bond such as, physical, mental, or spiritual. This is the same word we are given when God gave the command for a man to leave his mother and father, and to “cleave” to his wife. 

This type of clinging is the strongest type of clinging possible. Think about a piece of plywood and how the many layers are glued together.  If you were to try and separate the two pieces, you would end up causing extensive damage to both of them — It would not be possible to safely separate either piece.  And so it is with us as Christians; we are given the command to “cling” to what is good — to be joined or glued to those “good” things God has called us to. If we try to separate ourselves from the “good,” then we will be damaged significantly. 

We see this in every Christian who once sought after a relationship with God, and then turned and went back to their old ways, and habits.  We are warned not to do this, and we are given a very graphic analogy in Proverbs of what we are likened to if we choose to do this — we are fools.

As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11 (NKJV)

Q: Okay, so we can clearly see we are to stick to what is good—but what exactly is good?

The word, “good,” that is given here is from the Greek word, “agathos, ag-ath-os” This word refers to things found to be valuable, virtuous, honest or worthy.  God’s Word actually tells us to think on these things.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

We are told to think on these things because the things we think upon will usually impact our actions. This is exactly why Paul told us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind — it was to warn and remind us, we will become impacted by what we allow our minds to think upon.  And if we allow our minds to think on worldly stuff, we will in all likelihood become conformed to this world (cf. Rom. 12:2).  So when we choose to make it our goal to read God’s word, we can know with absolute certainty the “good” and perfect will of God—and then we can choose to cling to this.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to hold fast to what you know to be righteous and good. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we know for certainty by looking at the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our thinking and actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you really thinking about those things that come into your mind, and then lining them up to God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Test those things you are thinking upon — deciding if it is “good.” If it isn’t, choose to stop thinking upon these things, and find something good to cling to. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  Father, thank You for giving me the ability to separate the good from the bad.  Help me to see clearly what is good, and then give me the ability to cling to those things.  And please give me the strength to get rid of anything evil in my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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