Just as Paul wrote in his first letter to his beloved child in the faith, Timothy, he so again reiterates this love for him by calling him “my dear child.” We may be first generation believers; 2nd or even beyond but someone modeled a sincere faith for us. We must honor that memory. As long as we are believers we are “children” of the faith and at are in need of a word of encouragement in tough times. Paul’s words to Timothy are as applicable to us as it was to him.
Timothy, and you present day believers, stand fast! Rekindle the gift that was given to you much like one rekindles a fire which is dwindling. Beloved, hold fast to the standard of sound words of the gospel message. Remember that when the Holy Spirit anointed you He did not give you the Spirit of fear but instead His power, love and a gift of discipline or self-control. Just as we saw in 1Timothy, we have been entrusted with the gospel message. We all must protect that good thing entrusted to us remembering that “it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes,” [Rom 1] Lastly, we must never bring reproach upon our Savior who “has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!”
Beloved, you are anointed to go and tell. May our words be sweet like honey to a soul in need of encouragement.