But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
—1 Timothy 6:11-16
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Paul, a mentor to Timothy, in the first ten verses of this chapter, was advising him to stay away from disputes, men of corrupt mind, and the temptation to be rich, “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (v.10, NKJV). We are to “flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness…[and] lay hold on eternal life” (v.11-12, NKJV). This is a timely reminder for us in the 21st century, as individuals are easily caught up in materialism and keeping God’s commands only when it is convenient.'