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15th April 2012
The apostle Paul cared for Timothy as a father cares for his son. Paul was eager that Timothy would continue in his faith, even when at times it might seem like a battleground. He urged Timothy to "fight the good fight" or, as the ESV translates it, "wage the good warfare" – not to sit passively and not to shipwreck his faith, but to actively stand strong, hold on and fight!
How should Timothy do this – and how do we? The apostle Paul sets out some instructions for us that help us; there are things to hold on to that will keep us on track.
Firstly, open and honest relationships with other Christians who are more mature: in the same way that Paul could speak into Timothy's life, we all need people to whom we open up and allow them to speak honestly to us.
Secondly, Paul encourages Timothy to hold onto prophetic words over him. These are words that God has spoken, that line up with the Bible and have been weighed and tested by mature believers, and therefore are a great source of strength and encouragement to Timothy.
Thirdly, faith and a good conscience are vital to fighting the good fight: holding onto the deep truths of the faith and keeping your heart pure, soft and open before God are crucial.
Finally, the most important thing as we wage war is to make Jesus central – we avoid shipwrecking our faith by keeping our eyes fixed on the one who is the Light of the World!
Verses: 1 Timothy 1:18-20
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Posted by Santino Hamberis