As we’ll see in this new Living the Bible series on 1 Timothy, the Timothy of the Bible had a problem with timidity. The Apostle Paul wrote to en-courage him, to put courage in him.
Let’s use this letter to timid Timothy to encourage ourselves, to put courage in ourselves. We start today with with 1 Timothy 1v1-5.
WE MUST FIGHT FALSEHOOD
If we don’t fight against anything, we won’t have anything left to fight for.
That’s what we fight against. What do we fight for?
WE MUST FIGHT FOR GOD’S ORDER
Fighting usually produces chaos, but this fighting produces order.
That sounds like a lot of fighting. It doesn’t sound very loving.
WE MUST FIGHT FOR LOVE
Fight because you love, and you’ll love because you fought.
LIVING THE BIBLE
Christ was the greatest fighter and the greatest lover. He fought because he loved and loved because he fought. He fought against falsehood. He fought for God’s order. He fought for love. He had a perfectly pure heart, a perfectly good conscience, and a perfectly sincere faith. He therefore had perfect love.
Fight against falsehood and for God’s order to maximize Christ-like love.
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