I have lots and lots of ivy in my yard. When we first moved here I thought it was so pretty. When I saw my landlord ripping out big chunks of it I was horrified! Years later I understood. Give ivy an inch it will take a mile. If I do not hack it back, it takes over these retaining walls. With enough neglect it would eventually take over our sitting area.
No matter how thorough I am in ripping it out, it always comes back. It is tenacious and determined. After working on it my hands are sore as I type. It clings so tightly. In fact, the word, “tenacious” means “to cling tightly.”
Our verse for today tells us we are to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. The context is sincere love for other believers. We are to be tenacious and cling tightly to doing what is good towards God’s family. A sincere love for other believers will not tolerate any evil or compromise. This is a love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth (I Cor. 13:6). It is a love that forgives. It is good and entirely pure, never false or hypocritical.
The world’s idea of love is polluted with evil. We are tempted to show that kind of love as it is easier. But instead of letting go of God’s standard, we are to be tenacious and cling to what is good and pure. Oh how I need His help. It is too easy to compromise and let go of the good.
Make me tenacious, Lord. May I cling to You and to what is truly good.