2 Timothy 1:2-12 NIV

2 To Timothy,1 my dear son:2 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.3

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Encouragement to Be Faithful

3 I thank God,4 whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience,5 as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.6

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4 Recalling your tears,7 I long to see you,8 so that I may be filled with joy.

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5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith,9 which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice10 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.11

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7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,12 but a spirit of power,13 of love and of self-discipline.

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8 So do not be ashamed14 to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.15 But join with me in suffering for the gospel,16 by the power of God,

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      9 who has saved17 us and called18 us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done19 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 revealed20 through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,21 who has destroyed death22 and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

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      11 And of this gospel23 I was appointed24 a herald and an apostle and a teacher.25

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          12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed,26 because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard27 what I have entrusted to him for that day.28

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