The Unpacked Version

1 Timothy 6:11-16

11 But as for you, a person of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 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, I charge you 14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”  NRSV

“pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness”
“I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame”

The first quote from the passage from 1 Timothy is the “commandment” we are charged to keep in the second quote. It’s what “love God and love your neighbor as yourself” looks like with a little more unpacking.

The word “pursue” is not an request. It’s a directive. Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness are not optional for the followers of Jesus Christ. They are the prescribed way of living in the realm of God here and now.

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