Scripture--2 Timothy 1-2 Timothy 4
I want to talk about all of this!
Clearly, Timothy must have been hot tempered! See 2:14 and 22-26! Avoid foolish and thoughtless discussions, since you know that they produce conflicts! I could use that one!
Then a reminder that people will become (are!) selfish, greedy, braggarts, ungrateful, slanderous, disobedient, unholy, unloving, contrary, and critical! (see 3:1-9). OUCH!
I also love 4:6-7, "I’m already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith."
But what stuck out to me most was, "Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction." (4:2)
Observation: Are you ready to tell others about God? When its inconvenient? See, too often we like to dance around God. Dance around the truth. We like to not confront issues or inadequacies. But when God leads us we need to speak. To be ready to stand up for our faith. Are you ready? Will do you do it?
I'm going to try harder. I wonder what difference we can make in the world with that?
Prayer--God of love--We are ready to be courageous for you. Show us the people who need us and give us courage to speak to them! Amen.
August 15--Titus 1-Titus 3
August 16--Philemon-Hebrews 1
August 17--Hebrews 2-Hebrews 4
August 18--Hebrews 5-Hebrews 7
August 19--Hebrews 8-Hebrews 10
August 20--Hebrews 11-Hebrews 13
August 21--James 1-James 3
August 22--James 4-1 Peter 1