2 Timothy 1–2:13

Background:

Imagine that you are sitting down to compose a letter to a dear loved one. You know time is short and your future uncertain. Your desire is to see him, but this is not guaranteed. In this message you will share your love for him. But you must also give him advice and encouragement. You must build in him resolve that will last until you are reunited in Heaven. This was the task that lay before Paul as he took up his pen in that dark, dank prison cell. In the days of instant communication, these circumstances are hard to comprehend. Scholars think roughly four years had passed since he had written 1 Timothy; there was much to convey.

Memory Verse:

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)

Reflection:

How were you intentional about showing love to others in new ways this week?