Truths We Love: 2 Timothy 1:7
Introducing the wonderful Emily to share her wisdom with us today about why the words in the Bible are the only way we can truly find life. Lots of food for thought in this morning’s miniblog about the truths we love, and the power we have in Christ! Enjoy. L x
I wonder how many people reading this have Pinterest? I love it, it’s a great way to wind down and relax. However when we pin a Bible verse onto a board, why do we pin it? Is it the nice font? Is the background picture pretty?
Or are the words we are reading words that we can’t live without?
Maybe there has been a time in your life when you have stopped reading your Bible, the word of God. You think you know better than the words in a book written thousands of years ago. Well let me tell you, we don’t realise how much we need the Bible until we start reading it again.
These two verses have been a great encouragement to me recently:
‘For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self- discipline’. (2 Timothy 1:7)
This verse shows us that the Holy Spirit is within US, he gives US power. When we are talking to our non-Christian friends about Jesus, we need not be afraid or shy but remember and know that God has given us his spirit to help us. Next time you are thinking of talking to your non-Christian friends about your faith, pray that God would help you and that God would use the Holy Spirit to share His great love.
The other weekend I was on my Duke of Edinburgh hike, chatting to my friends about my faith. They were asking some great questions but also tricky ones too! I had about 5 seconds of silence and I just prayed that God would use my words to help my friends see his great love. It was a great reminder to know that God was with me and He put me in that situation.
The second verse that has been a great reminder to me is Ephesians 2:8:
‘For it is by grace you have been saved.’
Grace is when God gives us things we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve to be saved but God has done it for us.
Verse 9 carries on by saying, ‘not by works, so that no one can boast’. We aren’t saved by doing good things. Helping someone with their shopping, having people to lunch, these are great things but they don’t get us saved. They don’t give us eternal life. We can’t boast about the things we do, we are saved by grace and grace alone.
A few weeks ago I was listening to a talk and was struck by how many things in my life are because of grace. We don’t deserve anything, we are all sinful people who have turned against God but because of his great love, in sending Jesus to die for us we can receive his grace.
Emily lives and goes to school in Cambridge. She loves baking, watching ‘The Next Step’, Pinterest and the long summer holidays. She is part of the Christ Church Cambridge family.
1. Have you ever missed opportunities to talk to your friends about your faith in Jesus because you are afraid?
2. Do you think you would have felt differently in these situations if you had remembered that God has given you his power, love and self-discipline through the Holy Spirit? Why? What would you do differently next time?
3. Spend a few minutes meditating on the verse ‘for it is by grace you have been saved’, what Jesus has done for you and the impact this has on your life. Give yourself a fresh reminder of the magnitude of the grace God has shown us!
Thank you Lord that when we believe in you, you give us your power and strength and boldness in the Holy Spirit. Help us to use that spirit to share the gospel clearly with people around us and please give us loads more opportunities to do this. Help us not to feel afraid of potentially difficult questions but stand firm in your promises and truth. Thank you that although “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10) your grace covers us, and we are saved even though we don’t deserve it. We pray that this never loses importance in our life.