While writing that same young leader, Paul urged him to follow a number of practices and to strive for a number of things. Among those things he was supposed to strive for were: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
A person can strive for righteousness by learning what is right and what is wrong, and working to avoid the wrong, but practice the right.
A person can strive for godliness by practicing the spiritual disciplines: reading scripture, praying, meditating, etc.
A person can strive for love by serving, recognizing what love is and what love is not, and avoiding what it is not, and practicing what it is as well as possible.
A person can strive for perseverance by “getting back on the horse” after you fall.
A person can strive for gentleness by striving to control hot emotions, and responding more calmly and coolly.
Here’s my problem … how do you strive to grow in faith? Read the promises of God, claim them (by asking God to fulfill what he promised) and waiting for the result? Praying for something and waiting for an answer? Anybody have an idea?