One thing that is really useful about coming back and writing, or meeting with a friend and talking, about your three favourite things is that it really helps it stick in your mind. When I’m coming back to these verses that spoke to me, I’m reminded that the Word of God is living and actually speaking to me!
- 1.9-10 “And this is my prayer: that your love may more and more overflow in fullness of knowledge and depth of discernment, so that you will be able to determine what is best..” I love how this verse joins love and knowledge. 1 Cor 8 also does it. But here its knowledge in terms of discernment and working out what to do. So often in my head, I separate the two. I think decisions need to be logical and sensible and so maybe shut off the “love” side of the process. But here Paul and Timothy are saying that ‘no! Love needs to increase in knowledge and discernment SO THAT you will be able to determine what’s best.” This is such a helpful verse for me at the moment as the need to decide what to do next approaches! So I pray that my love may more and more overflow!
- 2.19-24 This is too long really to quote the whole bit, but in these verses Paul is writing really positively about Timothy. He’s telling the church about his character and even says that he has “no one who compares with him”! I loved this because it teaches me that one of my roles, in discipleship, is to speak well of those I disciple and meet up with. Since starting connect I’ve realised how much Scott has done this for me. In a world where gossip is normal and putting people down is so common, to be a light who speaks well of others and encourages them publicly. Jesus in my limited way, with the small influence I have, may I speak well of people and lift them up to others!
- 3,10 “Yes, I gave it all up in order to know him, that is, to know the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings as I am being conformed to his death”. This verse presented me with some great questions: Where have I fellowshipped, participated, shared in His sufferings this last week. Where have I known being conformed to his death this last week? Where have I known the power of His resurrection this last week? And what have I given up, was it everything, in order to know these things?