For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
(2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
It seems that lack of confidence was a serious problem for young Timothy (see 1 Corinthians 16:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:12),[i] so Paul wrote to remind him that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and of self-discipline.” Being timid is something that many of us struggle with from time to time (some of us more than others!). However, like Timothy, we can be encouraged knowing that God’s Spirit is a Spirit of power. Meditating on this truth can help make us bold, as I’m sure it did for young Timothy.
God’s Spirit enables us to be bold.
[i] Barker, Kenneth L., and Donald W. Burdick. Zondervan NIV study Bible: New International Version. Fully rev. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2002. Print. 1883.