2 Timothy 2:22 encourages us to “flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” Fleeing and pursuing both involve intentional and prompt movement. The exhortation suggests that these movements are identical in purpose and execution. To flee with no pursuit results in aimless wandering incited by fear and resulting in emptiness. To simply flee youthful passions without the pursuit would be to rejoice over an empty cup in a dry desert because it has no sand in it while as yet there is no water inside to quench your thirst. This is not to say that we should disregard the flight, but it is easy to become motivated by fear, anxiety or self-righteousness instead of calling on the Lord from a pure heart. Jesus proclaims that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are blessed with satisfaction. In a sense, the pursuit of righteousness is itself righteous and deserving of blessing. We are to strive for righteousness, faith, love, and peace in that order in accordance with the ordinance defined by God. It is encouraging to know that there are others who we can flee and pursue along with.

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