“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7
Timothy was experiencing great opposition to his message and to himself as a leader. His youth, his association with Paul, and his leadership had come under fire from believers and nonbelievers alike. Paul urged him to be bold. When we allow people to intimidate us, we neutralise our effectiveness for God. The power of the Holy Spirit can help us overcome our fear of what some might say or do to us so that we can continue to do God’s work.
Paul mentions three characteristics of the effective Christian leader: power, love, and self-discipline. These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Follow his leading each day so that your life will more fully exhibit these characteristics. See Galatians 5:22-23 for a list of the by-products of the Holy Spirit living in us. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Paul has been locked up for the second time. He was enduring extreme torture and punishment. Writing to Timothy and encouraging him to be strong, under persecution, while been tortured for what he believes. Paul is a Christian and is locked up for what he believes. A couple of things come to mind. Are we tested to this level today, are we locked up for our faith? All Paul was doing is spreading the Good News of Jesus. We are mandated to do the same. Just like the scripture says we received the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us. Do we understand the power of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit was released over the world when Jesus died. That power is so strong that it was responsible for Jesus’s resurrection. That power is a gift of God. Its there to guide us in our process of Holiness. It’s there to sanctify us. Cleanse us from evil thoughts. So that we can show the world on a daily basis, we are a new creation in God. Born again. And if we struggle to share that message, we can call on the Holy Spirit for courage and wisdom. Think of the people in the Bible all of those who were touched by God, were bold and on fire for God.
Pay heed to what Paul is telling Timothy. He is not only speaking to Timothy, but to every one of us. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Amen to that. Do you need anything else?
“Lord, I thank you for courage, love and discipline. Amen.”