2nd Timothy 1:1-14
Thoughts for reflection: What does it look like today to “have a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline?” I believe for most of us our faith is something which is both ever-present and slightly hidden in our daily lives. Because of the confrontational nature of previous evangelistic movements and the increasing societal value of respecting the beliefs of others, we tend to hold back when it comes to expressions of our faith. I believe this is also in response to what we so often see in the media of people using their faith to harm or degrade others.
My understanding of this passage is Paul is encouraging us to be bold, loving, and discerning in how we life out our faith. The way that I make sense of this in my life is anchored by the belief that I truly want God’s best for every person on this planet. In my best moments, my thoughts and actions are rooted in this belief. What is it for you? What does it mean, practically speaking, for you to have a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline?