Monday, August 30th, 2010
"Pursue righteousness" (2 Timothy 2:22)
One aspect of pursuing righteousness is discerning from the Bible what is "right and wrong" when faced with life's decisions. (Hebrews 5:14) For example, if you are a single Christian of marriageable age, are you completely resolved to avoid forming any romantic attachment to someone who is not a baptized Christian? You are if you are pursuing righteousness. (1 Corinthians 7:39) Being righteous is different from being self-righteous or "righteous over-much." (Ecclesiastes 7:16) Jesus warned against making a show of that sort of righteousness so as to appear better than others. (Matthew 6:1) Truly pursuing righteousness involves the heart—the correcting of wrong thoughts, attitudes, motives, and desires. If we keep working at doing this, we are unlikely to commit serious sins. (Proverbs 4:23; compare James 1:14, 15.) Furthermore, Jehovah will bless us and help us in our pursuit of other important Christian qualities.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 2:4-6)