What To Fight For, What To Flee From

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O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith.
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:20-21; 11-12

In closing his letter, Paul reminds Timothy that he is to fight the good fight of faith. In other words, fight for things that make an eternal difference both in his own life and calling as a minister and that which would affect his congregation. In order to do this, he must flee from the things that hinder (worldly and empty chatter) and pursue Christ-likeness, specifically, righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.

How can I pursue these qualities today? What silly chatter am I involved in that is hindering me?

Lord Jesus, as this day begins, I thank you for it. May I be of great use in Your kingdom. Thank you for restoring my energy and helping me with my sore throat. Would you work in the lives of each of my kids today? Help them shine and enjoy the lives You’ve given them. Thank you for that little granddaughter as well. I am going to fight the good fight of faith and pursue what You desire!

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