2 Timothy 1:1-11 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, an apostle1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,2 according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,3 2 To Timothy,4 my dear son:5 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.6

Encouragement to Be Faithful

3 I thank God,7 whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience,8 as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.9 4 Recalling your tears,10 I long to see you,11 so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith,12 which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice13 and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.14 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,15 but a spirit of power,16 of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed17 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.18 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,19 by the power of God, 9 who has saved20 us and called21 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done22 but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed23 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,24 who has destroyed death25 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel26 I was appointed27 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.28
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