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Courage, Not Fear #1618

6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:6–7, NKJV)

The indication is that Timothy received a miraculous spiritual gift from the apostle (see also, 1 Timothy 4:14). Whatever the specific gift was, Timothy had a duty to stir it up, to rekindle it as one would stir the embers of a dwindling fire. Being fearful would prevent Timothy from stirring up his gift – from accomplishing his work. Timothy was to be bold and courageous in the power of truth, in the love of God, and in the soundness of mind that is shaped by putting the word of Christ into one’s heart (2 Corinthians 6:3-10). Like Timothy, Christians must stir up the gifts we have and faithful fulfill the will of God. Romans 12:6-8 exhorts us to bold and courageous service as members of the body of Christ. The enemies of truth and opponents of righteousness would have you be too afraid to aggressively stand fast in the faith. But, nothing will be achieved for Christ through fear. May we develop and add virtue (moral courage) to our faith (2 Peter 1:5). Replace fear with the spirit of “power and love and of a sound mind.”

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Add Virtue to Your Faith #612

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… (2 Peter 1:5, NKJV)

Every Christian should be growing stronger in faith. For our faith to be vigorous and strong we must add to it “virtue” or moral excellence. Our faith must have the moral courage to stand for what is right against all opposition and every adversity. Christians must grow a spiritual backbone by adding virtue to their faith. God has not called us to live with a spirit of fear and moral cowardice. Instead, God has given us a spirit “of power and of love and of a sound mind” to resist the devil and live for Jesus (2 Tim. 1:7). Living by faith requires the courage to follow the truth of God and the courage to reject sin in all its forms (1 Thess. 5:22). Add virtue to your faith by courageously trusting and obeying the word of God. Remember, “the cowardly” have their part in the lake of fire, but those with courageous faith will enter the everlasting kingdom (Rev. 21:8; 2 Pet. 1:11).