2 Timothy 1:15 – 2:7

Before you read the passage, think about someone you respect and enjoy being with.  Ask yourself why you respect them – is it just what they say, or is it how they act towards you and those around them.

2 TIMOTHY 1:15-2:7

Here is the link to the passage:-

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%202:8-21&version=NIV

I rather like the alternative version of verse 16 from ‘The Message’:-

“Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.”

Most of us find it very hard to witness to our Faith.  We should draw comfort from Paul’s advice here; actions matter far more than words.  The history of the Christian Church is full of squabbles about matters of doctrine, most of which are not fundamental to the core beliefs we express in the Creed every Sunday.  Here is the Apostles Creed:

apostles creed 2

My simple adage is: “Stick to the core, the rest ignore”!

Paul’s challenge to Timothy, and down through the ages to us as well, is to behave in a way that God would approve of.  Simple kindness, grotty tasks completed with good humour, supporting the defenceless   …..   think of something you could do today to add to the witness of the Saints.

Think of these simple words from Mother Teresa and pray that your smile today will bring blessing to those you meet.  And pray for peace in our troubled world.

teresa smile

 

 

 

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