Godly Ambition

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…”

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