Day 4 Read: 2 Timothy 2:22
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Reflect: What image pops into your mind when you consider the word “flee”? What adjectives describe one who is fleeing?
Consider: So marks the connection between this section and the preceding one. What, in effect, Paul is saying to Timothy is that, if he wants to be a special vessel that is dedicated to God, then he must heed what Paul is about to tell him.
This verse is very similar to 1 Tim 6:11, as can be seen by the comparison below:4
1 Tim 6:11 2 Tim 2:22.
shun all this shun youthful passions
aim at righteousness aim at righteousness
godliness, faith, love, faith, love, and peace
Respond: What are some practical things we can do to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, particularly in place of these other things?
4 Daniel C. Arichea and Howard Hatton, A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to Titus, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1995), 215–216.