Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
Flee, Pursue, Call
Do you want to flee evil? Do you want to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace? Do you want to be able to call on me out of a pure heart? Yes, I want all these things. I will flee evil and pursue you. I want to live a life that is filled with faith and love and peace. I want to call on you out of a pure heart. How can I do all these things? How can I be successful? Is there some secret? Is there a proper approach? What technique must I employ? Those are good questions. And yes, there is a secret and proper approach, that involves some technique. You didn’t expect me to say that did you? No, not really. But you have my full attention, I’m listening carefully. That’s good. Here goes. You must react quickly. Your fleeing evil must be immediate. You will never have the strength to linger around evil. You must run with all your effort, at top speed, as if a gun has gone off to start a race. Run forward. Run straight and do not look back. Got it? I got it. That is only the first part of what you must do if you want to live a life that is pleasing to me. Next as you are fleeing evil, you must pursue righteousness, faith and love, and peace. You will run away from evil to what is good. You will leave the world and all its evil far behind you. You will pursue the new life that I have for you. You will pursue things of the Spirit rather than the things of the flesh. Do you understand? Yes, I understand. Finally, after you have fled evil and are now pursuing righteousness, you must call on me. You must draw near to me. You must come into my presence. You must live in an intimate relationship with me. You must hold on to me as I hold on to you. Am I being clear? Yes, you are being quite clear. I will flee evil, pursue righteousness, and call on you. All these, I must do at the same time. All these, I must do continually throughout my entire life. Then I will be able to live a life that is pleasing to you. Yes, you will. This is what I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will flee the evil desires of youth. Instead, I will pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with all those who call upon you out of pure heart. Help me to fully live the life that you have called me to live. Help me to be the person you want me to be. Amen
Key Question… Why must fleeing evil, pursuing righteousness, and calling on the Lord, be joined together in one effort?
Living It Out… Immediately flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace as you call on the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to flee evil and pursue righteousness as you love, follow, and serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are feeling evil and pursuing righteousness.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you flee evil and pursue righteousness as you call upon the Lord.
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