Cling to what is good
Continuing to meditate through Romans 12:9-21, we come to this command, “cling to what is good” which follows directly on the heels of “abhor what is evil”. I take it we can’t do one without the other. Why do we try to avoid evil? Do we do it out of a love for God that moves us to follow hard after him as he disciples us to love others? Or do we want to be free from evil because temptation is vexing to us and we wish that Satan (and everyone else) would just leave us alone?
That doesn’t work, does it? You can’t resist temptation standing still. You must flee from it. And when you flee from it, you run in the direction of the good. As in our thought life we can only escape impure thoughts by intentionally thinking upon whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable (Php 4:8) so in our actions we must busy ourselves with good deeds if we want to escape from busying ourselves with wicked deeds (Ps 141:4).
What good deeds do you think the Lord is calling you to pursue these days?