Posted: Saturday, October 24
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Verse of the day:
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (2 Timothy 2:22)
Those with “pure hearts” are not sinless saints; they are not holier-than-thou people who have never done anything wrong. And they certainly aren’t the kind of people who look down their noses at everyone else who gets into trouble or have struggled with sin. No, the word pure here is in reference to those who have been cleansed—those with a cleansed heart, those who have already known what it is to be where those who are trying to find their way are. They do not put them down; they encourage those who hurt and are trying to get their spiritual feet under them. They say, I know how you feel. I've been there too, but God picked me up. I know what it means to lay hold of His great, forgiving love—let me share that love with you.
So one of the necessities of being used of God is that you keep company with those who are aiming in the same direction—those with a heart that is seeking after the things of God.