It is not an easy answer, no “one size fits all” wisdom. Sometimes we flee, and sometimes we fight. Paul is warning Timothy (and us) about controversies and quarrels that divide a church. He warns also about a love for money that is “a root of all kinds of evil.”–v 10. Run from these temptations! Don’t get close and hope to avoid falling in. Flee! Sometimes the opposite is required. When challenged with unbelief or untruth, fight! (Note Paul’s reference to Christ as He courageously stood before Pilate–v 13. Sometimes He avoided unnecessary conflict, other times He met it head on.) Only the Spirit can make this choice in each situation. For today, let us reflect on this lesson; sometimes we flee, and sometimes we stand and fight. Lord, help us to know when and how to obey these commandments.