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Pursuit of…

11 Feb

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:9-11)

Paul gives several things here: a warning against the love of money, and admonition to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love and the rest that he mentioned. With that said being said, trying to get money isn’t wrong in the least.  Unless you’re a farmer (can provide yourself with food) who is able to build his own house and appliances, and don’t need electricity, you’ll be wanting some form of money. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. It’s when the getting money takes importance over either your family (if you have one) or God that it becomes a problem. Thus Paul giving Timothy (and us) the admonition to pursue a couple of things, namely:

  • righteousness
  • godliness
  • faith
  • love
  • steadfastness
  • gentleness

I believe Paul charges us with pursuing these things for the simple reason that, if we have righteousness, God will take first importance in our minds and, thus, lives. Not only that, but if we godliness, we’ll be growing into Jesus’ image, and to be frank, Jesus never fell to the love of money. Likewise if we have faith in God, we won’t place our faith in money. If we have love for God, you can bet we won’t love money. If we have steadfastness, we’ll stand steadily in God and won’t fall to the shaky ground of the love of money. And finally, if we’re gentle, we won’t do one of the main things that seems to make money (if not friendships), and be harsh with employees (we’re assuming that we have a business). Alright, terrific. But, how is it again we’re supposed to pursue those things?

Well, as it would take too long for this one post to describe what the Bible says about how to pursue each and every things that Paul mentioned, and because we’ve already discussed godliness in the last post, I’m going to briefly focus on just a couple of them (namely: faith, righteousness, and love):

What does the Bible say about faith?

Faith is a topic which the Bible talks on a lot, so for the most part I’ll let it do the talking:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The above passage tells us something very important about faith in God: though we don’t see Him, faith makes us believe in Him. That, for the Christian, is really the essence of faith. But how do we pursue it?

17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)

Faith comes through “hearing the message”. We can see from the context of this passage that the “message” is the Gospel. Thus, if we want to increase our faith, we   should remind ourselves about what Jesus has done for us; that He died for us, and even no intercedes on our behaves before God.

What does the Bible say about righteousness?

5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, (Romans 4:5)

Righteousness is something that comes after faith, something we can see by the fact that our faith is counted as righteousness. This is important to note, because righteousness is, according to a quick search on Bing, “justifiable.” Once we we’re saved, i.e. have faith, our acts should become “justifiable.”

What does the Bible say about love?

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

I believe the above passage pretty much says it all. In order to “pursue love”, we would pretty much have to pursue all of its characteristics, and/or lack of characteristics (such as arrogance, rudeness, etc.). — But, to give it a general definition, love is kind.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

P.S. I apologize for accidental posting this before I finished it! I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I must have accidentally pressed the publish button. Anyway, for everyone who receives my posts through email, I apologize.

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