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Message of the Day: Power, Love, Discipline, and Self-Control

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

Paul recalls the time when he left Timothy behind in Ephesus, and remembers how Timothy wept as they parted. he longs to see him again. No doubt the quality of Timothy’s faith, which so attracted Paul to him, was largely the result of a godly upbringing by those of sincere faith. At the beginning of Timothy’s ministry Paul had shown publicly that he believed Timothy to be divinely gifted for his work. He encourages Timothy to keep working and not to become hesitant through fear of opposition.

The word “fear” also means timidity or cowardice, while “sound mind” means “discipline,” and “self-control.” God has not given us the spirit of timidity and cowardice but of power and of love, and of discipline and self-control. These attributes gives the power to bear up under hardships and trials. Love of God and fellow human beings “casts out fears” (1 John 4:18), it makes our mind bold and constant. God wills that we should remain disciplined and in full control in times of intense pressure and difficulties.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

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