The Man of God Pursues Godly Character
Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.
Not only is the man of God known by what he flees but by what he pursues. Paul lists six godly character traits that the man of God pursues. The word “pursue” is sometimes translated as “persecute,” It refers to eagerness and diligence in going after something. It implies that godly character doesn’t happen overnight. It is something that a person continually works at for the rest of his life.
A Christian may get knocked down by sin every few yards, but he gets up and keeps moving toward righteousness. It’s his pursuit.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down by calamity.”
Perseverance marks the righteous. They won’t live in sin; they won’t accept defeat; they fall, but they just keep getting back up. They are in pursuit of looking like their Lord Jesus.
Are you pursuing a godly character?