Update: This morning I was meeting with a young man and 2 Timothy 2:22 was a central pivot of our discussion.
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (ESV)
The gist of our conversation was along these lines (although more developed here).
“Most people”, I said, “when they read this verse see four things that are to be pursued as we ‘flee youthful passions.’ They see, righteousness, faith, love and peace but they miss a fifth thing that is to be pursued and it may be the most important help in the process of fleeing youthful passions.”
“It’s that final phrase, “along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Community, friendship, a comraderie of traveling together, a knowing that we need the help of the body, of the one-anothering that is so prominent in the language of the epistles.
It reminded me of this discussion from 2015.
Friday is for Thinking
Yesterday, I read a quote fromTHE REFORMED PARISHIONER that showed the genius and insight of C.S. Lewis in a new way. The author was summing up an observation from Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God (highly recommended).
C.S. Lewis’ quote is a reflection on the results of the loss of his friend Charles Williams.
“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. Now that Charles is dead, I shall never again see Ronald’s [Tolkien’s] reaction to a specifically Charles joke. Far from having more of Ronald, having him “to myself” now that Charles is away, I have less…
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