Change of plans. Originally I had been thinking about sharing some thoughts on self-discipline. After studying a bit of 2 Timothy, it is something I have been thinking about.  But that will come later.

The truth is, I just want to talk about relationships!  I felt compelled to reread the beginning few verses and got a glimpse of the relationship between Paul had Timothy.  How many times do we skip over the introductions to these letters when actually, it sets the tone for the letters, taking it from just words of encouragement, teaching, or correction, and placing it in the context of relationship.

“Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.” ~2 Timothy 1:3-4 (Message)

….and his letter continues…

There is a sincere relationship here!  He is communicating with a friend.  You see, there is a difference in speaking WITH someone and really building and encouraging that relationship compared to simply talking AT someone.  I know this is simple truth!  I know we have heard this before.  In fact,  this isn’t just a one time reference…Relationship continues and is seen and is exemplified throughout the Bible, throughout Life…

But until we begin to grasp what relationship is, then what we have is simply a list of rules, or a book of words!


2 thoughts on “Introduction.

  1. We just finished studying a book in Sunday School called The Relationship Principles of Jesus. Fits right in with your post. You could write a book with all of your insights, Jenn!!

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