Pursue Godliness, Faith, Love. . .

  • 1 Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace….
  • 1 Peter 3:10-13 Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.

In this earthly life, we may be encouraged or influenced to pursue worldly things. The Word, however, tells us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness, and peace. Pursuing something is not passive. It demands our attention and dedication. Revelation about such pursuits won’t happen accidentally. We need to be deliberate about it. We need to reflect godliness, faith, love, etc. in every thought, every word we speak, and every action. Persistence and perseverance will bring about great rewards.

How to pursue godliness, faith, love, endurance, etc.:
  1. Spend time in the Word to know how God wants you to live. Read the gospels to see how Jesus dealt with people and different situations. Your ultimate goal is to be like Jesus and that is done one decision at a time.
  2. Meditate on scriptures referring to the pursuit of such things as love. When you read those scriptures over and over and meditate on them, the Holy Spirit will give you revelation about them. Ask God to change any misguided thoughts or behavior you may have. As you get revelation and choose to change, when a situation happens where you would have normally taken offense, you’ll choose love.
  3. Every day you have countless opportunities to put love, gentleness, faith and other godly pursuits in action. Instead of reacting negatively, train your mind, feelings and body to serve you. Do it God’s way and live by the Spirit. When you miss it, don’t fret about it but repent. Ask for forgiveness and determine to do better next time.
  4. Set goals in your life pertaining to godliness, love, etc. For example, choose to not intentionally put before your eyes something that would not honor God. That would require you to look at ratings before you go see a movie to ensure that you will not choose to see something that has sexual content. If you go in a store and they have inappropriate magazines, you choose not to look at them.

Call to action: Choose one item that the Word says to pursue and pursue it. You may even want to ask God which one He’d like for you to tackle first as He knows you more than you know yourself. Look in the Word and find out how God wants you to live in relation to this and ask His Spirit to guide you and reveal God’s heart in this matter. Do what He commands or what He leads you to do.