Text: 2 Timothy 2 (2 Chronicles 23-24)
This second letter to Timothy is so rich that I find almost all of it underlined in my study Bible. A terrific condensed instruction manual for the life of being transformed to be like Jesus is found in 2:22:
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
When we come to Jesus we come with the urges and passions of the old self. Some youthful passions can be immoral while others are just foolish. When we are young we can be so very selfish, and we can be consumed with the need to be accepted. As we grow in Christ we are called to leave these passions behind; to “flee”, to run away from them with haste.
Whenever we need to lose a bad habits, we must replace them with new ones. We find that we are to pursue four here: 1) Righteousness; A life that chooses and acts rightly, 2) Faith; A life that deeply depends upon and trusts the Lord, 3) Love: A life inhabited by God’s love and acting in genuine love for others, and 4) Peace: A life that seeks and makes peace with others, and nurtures contentment within. And all these things must be done in community with other believers (“along with those…”). Simple, right?
in Him, Mike