I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:3-7
Communication is much more profound than words. Certain phrases can be used in different contexts with varied result. Many who are aware of how communication works would agree that understanding who is speaking and under what condition they are expressing are essential elements to the meaning of their words. 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter, written while he was in captivity. His words were written to Timothy, his “son in the faith.” Consider these words from Paul as being very emotional and heavy, meant to encourage as any last words may be used.
The reminder to keep ablaze had to come from the many years of experience under the belt of this Apostle. He had seen people live a flash-in-the-pan faith, both rising and falling among the budding group of new believers. The emphasis to feed the fire of faith must not be overlooked. And the reason is God. God replaced a spirit of fear with a spirit of power, love, and sound judgment. How reliable this message was coming from a man who lived fearlessly and was writing under great duress! Listen carefully to those who have lived out their faith. Find a mentor.
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