I thank God,1 whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience,2 as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.34
Recalling your tears,4 I long to see you,5 so that I may be filled with joy.
I have been reminded of your sincere faith,6 which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice7 and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
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.87
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,9 but a spirit of power,10 of love and of self-discipline.
So do not be ashamed11 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.12 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,13 by the power of God,
who has saved14 us and called15 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done16 but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
but it has now been revealed17 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,18 who has destroyed death19 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
And of this gospel20 I was appointed21 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.2212
That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,23 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard24 what I have entrusted to him for that day.2513
What you heard from me,26 keep27 as the pattern28 of sound teaching,29 with faith and love in Christ Jesus.30