Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 19th, 2016
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
Flee Evil Desires
The greatest demonstration of your faith is a holy life – fleeing from sinful passions and having relationships with others that are characterized by believing the best of others, sacrificing for their good, and living together in harmony. What does your life demonstrate?
An Ottawa bus driver became a hero this past April when the comforted a woman who was fleeing after having been verbally and physically assaulted. When Dan Stoddard’s bus pulled up to a bus shelter at 1 AM to pick up the woman sitting there, she refused to get on the bus. He knew something was wrong and coaxed her to get on the bus which she reluctantly did. Telling him about her assault, she asked for his phone to call for help. Instead, Stoddard called Ottawa Transit security and drove the bus to a Park & Ride lot to wait for police. Stoddard told the two other passengers that they would have to wait for the authorities to show up and that it hopefully wouldn’t take too long. He offered them Timbits while they waited on the bus.
There are many things that we are wise to flee from in this world. Physical danger is certainly at the top of the list. What a blessing when someone else steps in to assist us as we flee from things that can harm us. There is a great spiritual lesson here. 2 Timothy 2:22 says “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Followers of Jesus are called to live a life of high standards. In a world that is increasingly distancing itself from the holiness of God, we who love the Lord are called to mirror His purity. Paul is writing here to Timothy, his young friend and brother in Christ and in ministry. He is reminding Timothy that when temptation comes, the best response is to flee – to run like crazy from whatever the temptation is. Now the Christian life is not just a negative reaction to temptation, but a positive fleeing to things like righteousness, faith, love and peace. We are called to seek out these things and allow them to be the focus of our daily lives. What are you seeking after today? How are you running towards things like righteousness and peace? And remember that when we flee from the things that would trip us up spiritually, the Lord is right there with us when we call upon Him.
These have been words from the heart.