2 Timothy 1-7 is a verse in the first chapter of the book of Timothy, attributed to St Paul. In this chapter, the author professes his faith and honors his heritage. As a follower of Christ, he describes his relationship with God and professes with eloquence the gifts he has received: a spirit free of fear, of love and of sound mind. St Paul suggests that a spirit of fear is not something which God bestows on his followers.
Have you ever meet someone who you would describe as a strong person? Was it their physical strength that you admired, or something deeper? Something about that person that you admired because they seemed not to let themselves be troubled even when life was hectic?
God promises us that type of character. With faith and daily remembrance of Him, the Holy Spirit endows us with the courage we need to live an untroubled life. God endows us with a ‘sound mind,’ meaning, when exposed to things that would outwardly appear to provide us with pleasure or displeasure, and our fears tempt us to stray, we can instead find a greater joy by resting our mind with God.
St Paul writes:
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.