Love and Hate
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” ~ Paul
The word “sincere” comes from the Latin words sine cera, which means “without wax”. The phrase comes from a practice where people would hide the cracks in cheap pottery with wax in order to pass the pottery off as being worth more than it actually was.
In times past the test to see if a vessel was worthy hot water was introduced, if the vessel was held with wax, it failed yet if it held then the vessel was worthy for use.
“So let us celebrate the festival (Christ), not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.”
Clinging to what is good can also be understood as clinging onto God.