2 Timothy 1:1-10 NIV

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

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2 To Timothy,4 my dear son:5 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.6

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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

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4 Recalling your tears,10 I long to see you,11 so that I may be filled with joy.

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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.

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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

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7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,15 but a spirit of power,16 of love and of self-discipline.

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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,

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      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,

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      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.

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