Week of May 13 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: 2 Timothy 1:4-5

As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

Reflect: In verse 5, Paul affirms Timothy’s “sincere faith.” What characterizes a sincere faith? Describe the elements of faith that you consider essential for the next generation to understand.

Consider: Paul remembered Timothy’s tears on their last parting, possibly at Paul’s second Roman arrest. In this letter he would ask Timothy to join him in Rome (cf. 4:9, 21). Paul had longed for Timothy’s companionship which was such a joy to him. Even the great apostle at times became lonely, discouraged, and in need of support from fellow Christians.[1]

Respond: What are some things we can do to remind ourselves to take an active role in the faith journeys of our family members and friends?

 

[1] A. Duane Litfin, “2 Timothy,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 750.