Spirit of Power, Love and Self-Discipline 2 Timothy 1:7

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

2 Timoteo 1:7 “Dio infatti ci ha dato uno spirito non di timidezza, ma di forza, di amore e di autocontrollo.”

     This message needs to be understood in light of the previous verse where Paul reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God. Timothy may have felt intimidated because of his youth (“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,” 1 Timothy 4:12) or he may have had an inferiority complex. Believers in their spiritual life and those being used in ministry can sometimes have a tendency to feel intimidated as they try to measure themselves against other people’s ministries. But this kind of thinking is not only spiritually unhealthy but also unbiblical. Paul instructed the Corinthians that “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12).

     Paul then gives the three-fold antidote to being intimidated. It is The Spirit of power (the same word used in Acts 1:8), love and self-discipline. The power of the Spirit will cast out the fear associated with intimidation. Love is the underlying motive for using any gift from God and self-discipline is bringing all our passions under the control of Christ. Simply practicing these basic actions will free us from the burden of feeling that our approval depends on others. “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17.

Pray with me: Lord, there have been times in my life when I have felt intimidated by others and their ministry. Help me to always look to You for approval and to feed on Your power, love and self-discipline.

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