If you need to be encouraged: these words are for you. If you want to encourage someone and don’t know what to say: these words are for you.
Be assertive with your gifting. God has generously bestowed us each with a spiritual gift. That thing you’re good at, that maybe you’re downplaying or unsure of? Use it. I love the language Paul pens. “Fan into flame.” What does it look like for you to fuel your gifting?
Be brave. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 1:7 I tell myself this often (helpful when facing a spider in the shower).
Remember the gospel. Look, if the early apostles needed to be reminded of these truths, we all do. “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.” We are serving Christ, who suffered greatly and conquered death for all of us!
Walk with integrity. Timothy is young and Paul exhorts him to work hard, hold his head up high and steer clear of foolish behavior (2:15-17). Wise words for the youth. Their relationship is a reminder to me of the importance of discipleship and having a mentor. Is there someone in your life who checks in on you? Someone who has been walking with God longer, whose life is marked by obedience and faith? Ask them to meet for coffee. Is there someone you could be mentoring and encouraging in their faith?
“Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2:22b
Encourage someone today! And seek out relationships in your life that mirror Paul and Timothy.