Summary: A sermon that talks about our Sincere Love for God, and hating what is evil and clinging to what is good.
What are you Clinging Too?
Pastor Glenn Newton Aug. 17, 2003
RO 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to
one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be
lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need.
A couple of weeks ago I was busy carrying out my duties as a Tyson Chaplain, meeting
with Tyson Team members, I went to the feed mill, I went to the truck shop, I stopped by
the hatchery, and finally I made my way to the Rendering Plant, my most favorite stop,
because of the great aroma that just envelopes you as you arrive. As I made my way to
the break room, I saw someone whom I had talked to last time so I went and sat down
and begin to ask how things were going since last time we talked, He said things were
going well, but he kept looking at me kind of funny.... finally he asked, what’s wrong with
your shoulder? I said, nothing is wrong with my shoulder, why do you ask?
You have a big lump on your shoulder........ I reached back and found a big lump
on my shoulder, I reached in my Tyson shirt and pulled out the lump...... a cling free dryer
sheet..... which had been with me all day and I didn’t even know it. The dryer sheet had
been there all day, clinging to my shirt.... What I couldn’t understand is why none of the
other people had said anything.
This morning I want to talk to you about Clinging.... it’s not a great Theological Word for
sure, but I believe it’s a word we need to examine and see how it applys to our life. I
want to ask you, What are you Clinging too,......... Our passage today simply says, hate
what is evil, cling to what is good. What do you cling too?
This morning I want to take you through this passage, and let’s let it speak to us, and let’s
let the Holy Spirit teach us what He wants us to learn. Look at verse 9.
RO 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
The apostle Paul is in the middle of a discourse here in Chapter 12, talking to the Roman
church, and he has just finished talking about how as Christians they are “to to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of
worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and
approve what God’s will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The apostle Paul is telling these Christians how they are to conduct themselves as
Christians... This is what Christian Conduct entails.... As a Christian this is how you are to
live your life....... “offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God --
this is your spiritual act of worship.”
Wow! That is a pretty big idea, that involves every part of my life.... offering my
body as a living sacrifice, that means my physical, my mental, my spiritual, my will,
everything... I offer it to God... How? Holy and pleasing.... and this is how I worship
Can I ask you something Chrisitians? Has anyone explained this to you? This is
part of your Christian Conduct.... This is a major part of how you live out your Christian
Life..... This reflects the kind of Relationship that God wants with us.... He doesn’t want
just part of you..... In fact I believe the Bible says very clearly that God demands total
surrender, total commitment, total obedience.... From those who are called Christians.....
What are you clinging Too? Do you Hate what is Evil? Is your love for God Sincere?
The apostle Paul isn’t making suggestions to us this morning on ways we should
consider living as Chrisitians........ It’s much stronger than that........ This teaching points
right at us... right between the eyes....... This is required as a part of our Christian conduct,
it’s who we are, it how we live.
This morning I can tell you this.... If your love for God is sincere...... you won’t cheat on
Him...... You won’t ignore Him...... You won’t use Him for selfish purposes....... If your
love for God is sincere..... you will obey Him..... You will Honor Him........ And you will
desire to Serve Him.
I love my wife Nola...... did you know that? And because I love my wife..... I won’t cheat