To Timothy, a dear child to me: Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I thank God as I always mention you in my prayers, day and night. I serve him, doing what I know is right as my ancestors did.
Remembering that you cried for me, I want very much to see you so I can be filled with joy.
I remember your true faith. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I know you now have that same faith.
This is why I remind you to keep using the gift God gave you when I laid my hands onn you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire.
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus, and do not be ashamed of me, in prison for the Lord. But suffer with me for the Good News. God, who gives us the strength to do that,
saved us and made us his holy people. That was not because of anything we did ourselves but because of God's purpose and grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before time began,
but it is now shown to us by the coming of our Savior Christ Jesus. He destroyed death, and through the Good News he showed us the way to have life that cannot be destroyed.
I was chosen to tell that Good News and to be an apostle and a teacher.
I am suffering now because I tell the Good News, but I am not ashamed, because I know Jesus, the One in whom I have believed. And I am sure he is able to protect what he has trusted me with until that day.