Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.
I. WHAT EVIL.
1. Sin (1 John 3:4).
2. Punishment (Isaiah 45:7).
II. WHAT IS IT TO ABHOR IT?
1. Our settled judgment that it is evil.
2. A hatred to it for its own sake (Psalm 119:113).
3. An aversion from it (Ezekiel 33:11).
III. WHY SHOULD WE ABHOR IT?
1. It is contrary to God's nature.
2. Repugnant to His laws (John 3:4).
3. Destructive to our souls.
IV. MEANS OF EXCITING THIS ABHORRENCE.
1. Always remember that you are Christians.
2. Avoid the occasions of sin (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
3. Often think whom it displeases — the great God (Genesis 39:9).
4. Live always as under His eye (Psalm 139:7).
5. Remember that thou must answer for it (Ecclesiastes 11:9).Conclusion:
1. Repent of sins already committed; for —
(1) By them you have incurred God's displeasure (Psalm 7:11).
(2) Made ourselves liable to punishment (Romans 6:23).
(3) There is no way to avoid either but by repentance (Luke 13:3).
2. Abhor it so as not to commit sin hereafter. Consider it is —
(1) the greatest folly (Psalm 14:4; Psalm 94:8).
(2) Slavery (Romans 6:20).
(3) Defilement (James 1:21; Matthew 15:20; Job 15:16).
(4) Death of the soul (Romans 8:24; Ephesians 2:1).
3. Unless you abhor evil God will abhor you, and you will abhor, but ineffectually, evil and yourselves too, to all eternity.
Parallel VersesKJV: Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
WEB: Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good.