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How to Pursue a Pure Heart

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

How can we pursue a clean and pure heart? Paul’s advice to Timothy on how to live a godly life is good advice for us today. We face many challenges and temptations daily. Here are some steps that Paul has suggested:

Flee from evil desires: Paul urges Timothy to actively avoid and flee from the temptations and sinful desires that often characterize youth. This includes not only physical sins but also mental and spiritual ones. It emphasizes the importance of self-discipline and vigilance against the allure of worldly pleasures.

Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace: Instead of indulging in sinful desires, Timothy is encouraged to actively pursue qualities and virtues that are pleasing to God. These include righteousness (living in accordance with God’s standards), faith (trust and reliance on God), love (both for God and for others), and peace (both inner peace and peace with others).

Community is important: Paul emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with like-minded believers who are also striving to live godly lives. He encourages Timothy to pursue these virtues alongside fellow believers who sincerely call on the Lord with pure hearts. Christian fellowship provides support, encouragement, and accountability in the pursuit of godliness.

The purity of heart: Paul underscores the importance of sincerity and purity of heart in one’s relationship with God. True worship and service to God come from a heart that is genuinely devoted to Him and free from hypocrisy or ulterior motives.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 NIV

The easiest way of following Paul’s advice is to submit ourselves to God. We will have the power to resist the evil desires of our hearts. God is more powerful, and the devil will flee from us. Christ will cover us with His righteousness, and we will have faith, love, and peace.

 

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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