I’ve been reading lately in the book of Timothy and there are some verses that are really touching my heart regarding the way we are to live.
Did you know that the old fashioned word “chastity” is another expression of godliness? It means living within the boundaries of innocence, modesty, perfection and purity.
When God chastens us He is doing several things in our hearts. He is convicting us of our sinful ways and His Word educates and instructs us in the way of righteousness. We are not bound by lock and key ~ His love liberates us!
The chastening of God causes me to rein in my self will and live a life of inward purity which is then reflected through our righteous and holy behavior.
We are to “train ourselves toward godliness” which keeps us spiritually fit, not growing lax in our desire to exercise godliness in our daily lives. To keep ourselves spiritually fit we must be self-controlled, exercising the fruit of the Spirit.
Resisting the desires of the flesh and choosing to walk in step with the Holy Spirit will result in our looking for places to do deeds of kindness, to speak words that are edifying and bring blessing. Our hearts will become more tender as our ears are attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit and our flesh becomes quick in obeying the promptings of the Spirit.
Paul isn’t giving us a list of things to pick and choose from, he is giving us a prescription for life that will bring continued health and healing to us. A doctor “prescribes” or writes out a particular medication for specific ills and this “prescribed” medication brings about healing.
“Prescribe and teach these things”. 1 Timothy 4:11
“Prescribe” in the Hebrew means to write ~ to engrave, describe, subscribe, inscribe, inscribe indelibly.
We are, as people who belong to God’s household of faith, to inscribe, have engraved in our hearts and minds the Word of God so that all of our living may be in agreement with the Written Word. We subscribe to that which is true and right and that which we are instructed through His Word to do we are quick to take action. We become doers of the Word and not hearers only.