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Saturday, June 2, 2012


I saw something in 2 Timothy today that I had not seen before, the theme of suffering.  The concept shows up in 2 Timothy1:8, 1:12, 2:3, 2:9 – 10, and 4:5.  The interesting thing to me here is the contrasts, especially in chapter 1.  Timothy is described as tearful, tired, timid, fearful, and possibly ashamed.  Paul deals with that by telling Timothy to join in Paul’s suffering for the gospel, 1:8.
The gospel is important, more important than our comfort.
Seems a bit harsh.  Today we would suggest perhaps a break to reevaluate one’s commitment.  Or we would suggest counseling.  Perhaps a retreat or a sabbatical.  Paul just tells Timothy to suffer.  Man up.  This is important.

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