but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7, NIV
Many read the Bible and walk away with a meek and mild picture of the Christian life. While Christians are to reflect a tender heart toward God and others, it is a misconception to think of the Christian life as passive and weak.
Paul reminded Timothy not to be timid. He was not dismissing Jesus’ instruction when He said, “Blessed are the meek ….” Instead, Paul was revealing what true meekness really was. Meekness is power and passion brought under control. Paul is instructing young and ambitious Timothy about having his life brought under God’s control.
Remember God gave you a spirit of power. It is the greatest power in the world. It is the power of hope, peace, and a renewed purpose in life. It is the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that comes when you give your life to Jesus. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that lives in you.
God gave you a spirit of self-discipline. It is no longer necessary to live a chaotic life that is tossed back and forth. The Christian life is one of purpose. Your purpose is to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. It will require discipline. You will discover the power to be disciplined when you surrender to God.
God also gave you a spirit of love. It is the most powerful force in the world. Jesus knew it and built His kingdom upon it. He demonstrated His love for you. The greatest of these is love. Love will prevail. The greatest command was to love. There is no reason to be timid. Love with a big and bold love.
QUESTION: What spirit do you reflect? Do you have an accurate understanding of what the Christian life is really about?