But thou, O Man of God…
1 Timothy 6:11
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
In this passage of Scripture, the Apostle Paul is instructing Timothy on how to lead his flock and the qualities that he should possess as a pastor. In chapter 6, Paul begins to talk about certain sins that should be avoided.
In verse 11, Paul changes the subject by saying, “But thou, O man of God…” We now realize that Paul is talking to Christians.
The first instruction that he gives is to “flee these things…”
Comparing Scripture with Scripture, we realize that this is not the first time Paul has given the command to flee from sin. We see it mentioned twice in 1 Corinthians and once in 2 Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:22a
Flee also youthful lusts….
1 Corinthians 10:14
Wherefore, my dearly beloved brethren, flee from idolatry.
1 Corinthians 6:18a
Based on the above, when Paul says to flee these things, he is talking about all sin, specifically idolatry, fornication, youthful lusts, and the love of money.
The second half of this verse gives instructions as to what we should do as saved, born-again believers.
“…and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
Once we have forsaken sin and the things of this world, we ought to follow a spirit press towards) living a righteous and pure life, remaining godly in every circumstance, remaining faithful in every trial, having love for the brethren, having patience towards all men, and having a spirit of meekness (power under control).
These attitudes are what we should strive towards daily as Christians. “..let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
May God bless you all in Christ’s name.