But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
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Augustine of Hippo
“As for you, man of God, flee from these things.” You see, he didn’t just say, “Leave and forsake,” but “Flee from,” as from an enemy. You were trying to flee with gold; flee from gold instead. Let your heart flee from it, and your use of it need have no worries. Do without greed; don’t do without concern for others. There’s something you can do with gold, if you’re its master, not its slave. If you’re the master of gold, you can do good with it; if you’re its slave, it can do evil with you. ...
But thou, O man of God. This, says St. Chrysostom, is one of the highest title and commendations that can be given to any man. So are called Samuel, Elias, Eliseus. (1 Kings ii and ix.; 3 Kings xxxiii.) (Witham)
Strive to discover stirrings that are good during the time of prayer, as the wise do. These consist in reflection on the Spirit’s insights and sagacious thought, and consideration during the time of prayer of how to please the will of the Maker of all. This is the final end of all virtue and of all prayer. When in these matters you receive the power that stems from grace to be bound firmly to their continual stirrings, you will become a “man of God” and will be close to spiritual things. Instructions for Monks, second part. ...
But you, O man of God.
This is a title of great dignity. For we are all men of God, but the righteous peculiarly so, not by right of creation only, but by that of appropriation. If then you are a man of God, seek not superfluous things, which lead you not to God, but
Flee these things, and follow after righteousness. Both expressions are emphatic; he does not say turn from one, and approach the other, but flee these things, pursue righteousness, so as not to be covetous.
Godliness, that is, soundness in doctrines.
Faith, which is opposed to questionings.
Love, patience, meekness. ...