This is a subsidiary post of Two Uses of Ambition.
There are only two verses in the NASB in which “ambitio” occurs and is used in a positive sense. Both verses are listed below.
The underlying Greek word in these two cases – Strong’s Greek # “5389 philotimeomai; mid. from a comp. of 5384 and 5092; to love or seek after honor,” per www.lockman.org – shows up in one other verse (Romans 15:20, included below), where it is translated as “aspired.”
Romans 15:20 – “And thus I aspired to preach the gospel…”
2 Corinthians 5:9 – “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”
1 Thessalonians 4:9, 10, 11 – “…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands…”