2 Timothy 1:7 - Spirit of Fear or Power, Love and Self-Control.
2 Tim. 1:7: Spirit of Fear or Power, Love and Self-Control.
2 Tim 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7 (TEV) For the Spirit that God has given us does not
make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and
2 Tim 1:7 (NCV) God did not give us a spirit that makes us
afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
Love. A quality that must accompany "power" lest the latter be
employed in a harsh, unkindly, unbrotherly manner. The Lord Jesus is a
striking example of power yoked with love. [SDA Commentary]
Intimidation must be met by relying on the Holy Spirit. [Life
Timothy did not have the character traits normally expected of a
leader. Paul implied that Timothy lacked courage, strength, love, and
self-discipline. But Paul told Timothy not to let his weaknesses stop him from
ministering to others. His success was not based on his ability, skill, or
courage, it was based on the Holy Spirit's power working in him. This is
true also in recovery. We don't have the inherent strength, courage,
and self-discipline needed to overcome our dependencies. With God's
powerful help, however, no problem is too great to overcome. We can
succeed in recovery by depending on him. [Life Recovery SB]
God does not give a spirit of fear, that is, timidity or
cowardice; rather God provides:
* Power -- We do not need to have naturally powerful
personalities. God gives strength of character and confidence that wins us
respect when we face opposition as we speak, preach, and live the truth.
God supernaturally replaces any timidity on the servant's part with
* Love -- Accompanying the power to speak the truth must be love
for the listeners, believers and nonbelievers alike. Love separates
Christians from the heathen world around them. Jesus promised, "By this all
will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one
another" (John 13:35 NKJV).
* Self-discipline -- This can also be translated "self-control"
or "sound mind." In order to lead others, the true minister must
have control over himself. To put it another way, a good leader must
have a cool head. Self-discipline and self-control sound like
self-effort. But Paul explained them as divinely bestowed on his servants,
resulting in soundness of mind.
All of these qualities (boldness, power, love, and self-control)
are gifts of the Spirit, not just natural tendencies. They function
best in harmony. Boldness and power are tempered by love and
self-control. Under the pressures of leadership, people tend to gravitate
toward a desire for power and boldness as the most effective tools for
success. But used alone, these qualities are self-defeating. The
inclusion of love and self-control clearly indicates that a leader's
effectiveness comes from God's Spirit. We may be impressed by a leader who
exhibits boldness and power, but without love or self-control, such a
leader is little more than a bully....
The expression a spirit of timidity is probably another way of
saying "a timid disposition," which Timothy probably had by nature. But
the Holy Spirit has given believers power (Acts 1:8), love (Rom
5:5), and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). Thus, to have a spirit with
these qualities is to have a human spirit that has been regenerated by
the the Holy Spirit. (Life Application Commentary)
The Lord commands us to fear not. But how many of us do fear,
especially when it comes to the unknown. Fear and faith mix about as well
as oil and water; yet we walk with the Lord, day after day, with
both of these operating in our lives. The fact that God knows all
about us, even to the number of hairs on each head, should give us
great comfort as we step out into the unknown future He has laid out
before us. Can you step into tomorrow without fear? Are you able to
leave tomorrow untouched by anxiety or manipulation? The Lord would
have us grow in faith as we discover what great value He has given
us. As our faith grows, our fear should diminish. Which of these
is controlling your life today, fear or faith? [In His Time; Walk