Thursday, March 18, 2010

daily text 3/18

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
"Pursue . . . love." (2 Timothy 2:22)

Our godly devotion must include obedience to Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another” as he loved us. (John 13:34) The apostle John pointed out: “Whoever has this world’s means for supporting life and beholds his brother having need and yet shuts the door of his tender compassions upon him, in what way does the love of God remain in him?” (1 John 3:17) Can you think of occasions when you have displayed love in a practical way? Another way in which we pursue love is by being forgiving, not nursing grudges against our brothers. (1 John 4:20) We want to follow the inspired counsel: “Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Even as Jehovah freely forgave you, so do you also.” (Colossians 3:13) Is there someone in the congregation toward whom you could apply this counsel? Will you forgive him or her?
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 2:4, 12, 13)

Since this scripture uses the *active* term "pursue" in connection with love, here are some dictionary definitions of that word, which clearly shows that this is something that requires continued effort on our part:

(transitive verb)
to follow in order to overtake, capture; chase
to proceed along, follow, or continue with (a specified course, action, plan, etc.)
to try to find, get, win, etc.; strive for; seek after.

(intransitive verb)
to chase
to go on; continue