Timothy was no John Wayne; Neither are you.

timothyAs I study the passage which is the context for I Timothy 1:7, I am making a discovery. The verse is about courage:

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Where is this “power, love and self-control” to come from.  In John Wayne movies the hero is a rugged individual who needs no help really.  If he has a side kick, John Wayne was always the senior partner.  Timothy was apparently a more timid man – the opposite of John Wayne.

Most of us are like Timothy, and probably none of us are like John Wayne, even John Wayne.  In other words, we need support.  To illustrate I color coded all those who supported Timothy, to keep him from fear and to give him power.  The strength comes first of all from God and Christ through the gift of the Spirit, and by Paul as his father and mentor and by his mother and grandmother.  You see it is pretty crowded here.

Here is the passage color coded to fit the diagram:



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