22 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
22 So, flee the passions of youth; and, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love and peace.
2 Timothy 2:22 CJB
If you want my comments on this verse, go back to your Friday email or look online here. Today, however, we have a few comments from the readers of the verses. Enjoy.
Our first reader (a friend who loves language) wrote:
I like the Latin derivative for “pure” meaning “unadulterated” (sine cera) literally without wax. The story goes that unscrupulous art dealers in the Roman world would buy flawed marble sculptures, and fill the nicks and cracks with wax to make them look perfect. Then when the owner would take the sculptures home and set them in the sun, the wax would melt, the flaws would be revealed….not “sincere”. When the heat is on, our purity is tested, and our character defects often come to light, like the dross in the refiner’s oven. Then there is the sincere heart: They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Acts 2:46b-47a
Our second reader (a friend from my time in Iraq) wrote:
Continually seeking God’s help with an impure mind and desiring a clean heart. You know, I am beginning to believe that it is the race that we run and not necessarily the result that develops our character in Christ and that sets us on the right path to seek His Help desiring to please Him because we love Him!
Our third reader (a very long time friend 47+ years) wrote:
I bet some will read the closing of your verse of the day [I also truly hope you will find your way to church and spend some time thinking on how you might serve God without any ulterior motive other than love and appreciation for all He has done for you.] and think of those preachers on TBN who appear to be sharing God’s word for profit – or at least their lifestyle reflects it (expensive cars, expensive suits, etc.). Sadly, that was my first thought.
I will add one additional comment to last Friday’s verse of the day. Sometimes we need to look at someone to copy, but who could we possibly copy when looking to flee the evil desires of the heart and desiring a pure heart? Perhaps Paul as Leonard Ravenhill says in his book Why Revival Tarries To copy copies is not normally safe, but it is safe to copy Paul, for he was fully surrendered, wholly sanctified, completely satisfied. Paul was not seeking profit, instead he was continually seeking God and His help in spreading the Good News of Jesus the Christ, and he was incredibly sincere as well.
It’s Monday and the New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions once again – yes, I watched the whole game. Still, you, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, are even better off than them because you have a home in heaven waiting for you for all of eternity.