Pursuing Peace Together
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” (2 Timothy 2:22-23)
These verses make up a healthy discipleship sandwich—the four spiritual qualities of righteousness, faith, love, and peace are sandwiched by instructions to run from youthful passions and avoid ignorant controversies, that lead to quarrels. The meat is the quest for godliness; to that is added the sauce, that makes this a unique recipe—to chase holiness “along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” As I consider these verses the pictures from Revelation come to mind, like a pack of beautiful, dignified horses named righteousness, faith, love, and peace fleeing from a burning forest called youthful passions and fierce dragons representing foolish controversies close on their heels.
Our holiness is of the utmost concern to God, as it should be to us. We have the opportunity today to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, to increase our knowledge of God, the gospel, and our faith in Christ. We best express our love for Jesus and others when we call on him corporately, in truth by worshipping biblically. One of the most comforting aspects of our Sunday worship is the peace that we have by hearing the truth since we are created in God’s image, and our hearts resonate to his character. We are to flee untruth and false teaching, that leads to controversies and quarrels, dividing the Body by creating friction (1 Timothy 6:3-5). Instead, we are to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” (Colossians 3:15)
“The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil… The keeping in the communion of saints, will take us from away from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness.” * Will you agree with Matthew Henry in your heart and mind as you worship Christ today with your church family?
* Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, 2 Timothy 2:22-23, https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-concise/