Man of God (Part 2)
Man of God (1 Tim. 6:11-14)– Part 2 A Man of God Is Known By What He Follows After “and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11b)
Last week we looked at things that a man of God is to flee from. But, a man of God doesn’t only flee, he also pursues. So, as fast as the man of God runs from sin, he is to run toward spiritual virtue.
In the passage we have been looking at (1 Tim. 6:11-14), Paul lists six virtues that every man of God must pursue. These virtues are: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
• Righteousness: God’s man is known for doing what is right. His is a lifestyle marked by obedience to God’s commands. Righteousness means doing what is right, in relationship to both God and man. • Godliness: This has to do with our attitudes and motives. Godliness refers to a reverence for God, which flows out of a worshiping heart. • Faith: Simply the confident trust in God for everything. It involves loyalty and unwavering confidence in His power, purpose, plan, provision, and promise. Faith is the atmosphere in which the man of God exists. The man of God trusts God to keep and fulfill His Word. • Love: The man of God understands the significance of Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-39: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Additionally, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Because he is a lover of God, the man of God loves those whom God loves. • Endurance: Perhaps better translated as perseverance, it means a victorious, triumphant, unswerving loyalty to the Lord in the midst of trials (cf. James 1:2-4). Endurance allows the man of God to stick with a task, no matter what the cost. • Gentleness: Means kindness or humbleness. A man of God is marked by gentleness!
This Week’s Challenge: Of the six virtues listed, what one virtue do you need to focus on this week? What are tangible steps you can take to see improvement in this virtue? Who do you have in your life to hold you accountable to improving?