1 Timothy But as for you, O man of God, flee these things pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness
To pursue is to “find or employ measures to accomplish”. This word gives us the impression that it will take many years to come close. Perhaps this is the case so that we would not take our eyes on God. For only in God could we hope to achieve any of these things, and if we are in God we cannot be in the world too.