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October 16

2 Timothy 1:3-6

3 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. 4 Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also. 6 Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. — 2 Timothy 1:3-6

Affirming Others

by Michael Munson
Brentwood Campus

Paul, who was imprisoned for the last time and knew he would soon die, wrote this second letter to Timothy. Timothy had been Paul’s travel companion on his second and third missionary journeys. Paul constantly prayed for Timothy, who was his son in faith and a strong leader in a Christian church. Even though the men were separated from each other, their prayers provided mutual encouragement.

At the time of his ordination, Timothy had received special gifts from the Spirit to enable him to serve the church (see 1 Timothy 4:14). In telling Timothy to “fan into the flame the gift of God,” Paul was encouraging him to persevere. Timothy stepped out boldly, with Paul and his family supporting his strong faith.

How would this Scripture be viewed in life today? You barely have to have the news on for five minutes to feel down about what’s going on in the world around us. On top of that, being a Christian isn’t an easy path to follow in today’s world either. In my walk with Christ, I know some of my best times and biggest steps of faith come when I have people around me encouraging my faith.

We should all surround ourselves with good Christian disciples, praying for one another and encouraging one another in our walk with Jesus. I have seen a person’s entire perspective change when they find out people are behind them, praying for them and supporting them through the hardest times. 

Praxis

1. What are ways we can encourage other believers?
2. Name three people in your life who you can count on to pray with you.
3. What are the names of some people you should be encouraging and praying for?