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first impressions

By Gigi Anthony
October 22, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Jeremiah 39:1-41:18
2 Timothy 1:1-18
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 26:1-2

When I was a new believer I wasn’t a big fan of the apostle Paul. Perhaps you had the same impression? He seemed so serious and dogmatic. Well, thank goodness my impression of Paul has changed through the years.

Today’s passage shows the beautiful and loving relationship that Paul and Timothy had.
It shows Paul as a caring father figure to Timothy, referring to him as his “dear son”. Timothy’s love for Paul was so real that he cried last time they parted.
Paul also acknowledges Timothy’s mother and grandmother for influencing Timothy's view of God (It seems that he knew them personally).

In this text, Paul is “passing the torch” to young Timothy, his spiritual protégé.
I believe Paul had to be direct not just because it was important information but also because he was facing execution!

Paul encourages Timothy to be bold for the Lord and to be prepared for (here comes the part I don’t like) persecution. Paul is explaining that suffering is a part of his ministry--however, protection is provided by God’s grace, power, and spirit.

He reminds Timothy of his call/gift from God, who is the source of his power.
He reminds Timothy of the grace of God passed through his son, our savior, Jesus.
He reminds Timothy that his vocation, like his salvation (and ours), was planned by God, (and Jesus), before the beginning of time.

Paul avoided negativism, preferring to show his thankfulness to those who helped him.

Paul is a great encourager.
He reminds us of our eternal life because of Jesus’ work on the cross.
He charges us to be bold with God’s gifts and to deliver our best for Him.
He reminds us to walk maturely, and pray with others.
He encourages us to be gracious, gentle and patient listeners.
He reminds us that here on earth suffering happens, (esp. when preaching the gospel).
He reminds us to thank God for our church family.

To Memorize:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer to start with: Dear Father, May we find confidence in you and nothing else. Thank you for the body of believers. May we continually encourage one another, reminding each other of your powerful, sacrificial love given to the whole world on the cross by your son, our savior, Jesus Christ. Help us use our God-given gifts to please you. We love and honor you.