11-4-13 Take Off And Put On

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1 Timothy 6:11-16

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time —he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

The Christian life is one of fleeing and pursuing. We are called to flee from error and pursue truth. We are called to flee unrighteous and pursue righteousness. We are called to flee ungodliness and pursue godliness; flee unbelief and pursue faith; flee hatred and pursue love; flee arbitrariness and pursue steadfastness; flee harshness and pursue gentleness.

When we are told to flee one thing we are also told to pursue the opposite. Likewise when we are commanded to pursue one thing, it is implied we are commanded to flee the opposite.

Just like the fruits of the Spirit; we are to put one one thing, and take off the opposite.

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