But as for you, man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.⠀ 1 Timothy 6:11⠀ ⠀ When reading this verse, I was drawn to the word ‘pursue.’ Paul told Timothy to flee from worldly things, to pursue the things of God. He encouraged Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. If we have professed Christ openly, others are watching our lives. Christ walked perfectly in all of these traits, and we are to follow after His ways- bringing the aroma of Christ wherever we may go.⠀ -⠀ If we do not actively pursue what is in this verse, we might find ourselves doing the opposite of what Paul encouraged. Then, we would walk in unrighteousness, ungodliness, doubt, fear, despair, and impatience. We don’t have to work at these; they come naturally to us. God desires us to be active in seeking out His ways. Godliness won't just appear. It requires ongoing intention. I have been thinking about what this looks like practically.⠀ -⠀ In order for me to pursue righteousness, I must know and obey His Word. Though I may not be able to act without sin, as Christ did, I can lean on the Holy Spirit to help me honor my Father. When pursuing faith, I turn my back on doubt. When seeking love, I say no to fear and yes to Christ's love... both towards me and towards others. When pursuing steadfastness, I set my mind to perseverance. In gentleness, I deal with others as Christ has dealt with me- much grace!⠀ -⠀ It’s easy for us to read Scripture, to close the Book, and then to go on with life. But, I have been encouraged to sit with the truths God gives. His Word is not meant to only be stored in our heads, but they should be fleshed out in our daily walk. I encourage you to look at these characteristics in 1 Timothy and see how you might be able to pursue them in your life. They will not happen accidentally, you must seek them out. Out of your love for the One who first loved you, humbly pursue, while relying on the help of the Spirit. We can do nothing on our own, but anything is possible with God!