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2 Timothy 1:1-7
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Reflection & Application
2 Timothy 1:2-4
- What must have been Apostle Paul’s relationship with Timothy as reflected in these verses? To what extent are my relationships with others in the body of Christ characterized by prayer, closeness, and joy?
2 Timothy 1:5-6
- From Apostle Paul’s exhortation to “fan into flame the gift of God,” what can be learned about the relationship between God’s gift and the Christian’s responsibility to develop, nurture and grow it? How can I concretely “fan into flame the gift of God”?