The scripture reading for today is 2Timothy 1:13-14, KJV.
13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
In this chapter of Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy that he grew up in a faith-based family and that his background should bring Timothy courage and strength to defend the Gospel. And, Timothy had the example of Paul’s teaching, preaching and leadership. In verse 13, Paul tells Timothy to “hold fast the pattern of ‘sound words’ that Paul had used. Paul was telling Timothy that his teachings were accurate, truthful, and beneficial, unlike the faulty thoughts of the people he was preaching to.
Isn’t that very true in today’s world? Paul was teaching Timothy so that he could go out to share the Good News with others. Sound doctrine cannot survive unless it is understood, and then passed along to others (2 Timothy 2:2). Understanding the Good News is about more than knowledge. Ideally, a person who cares about faithfully understanding the Gospel, will then live with the same love and mercy as Jesus Christ.
Dear Lord, Thank you for the Holy Spirit that dwells in me. Help me to listen to you and to study Your Word. Please bring me the grace that I might carry the Good News out into the world today.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those whose faith has waivered in these difficult times.