“For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (Complete Jewish Bible, David H. Stern)
Lately I have been learning more about God’s boundless grace.
I don’t know why I am surprised to discover that God’s grace is limitless. After all, God himself is infinite. Why should his grace have boundaries or limitations?
The limits I encounter must exist within me, rather than in him.
I know. . .
God is never afraid ― yet, many things keep me up at night and make my jaw ache.
God is love ― however, I struggle to even adequately love myself, let alone to love others well.
God is all-powerful ― I know I am very weak. It took two of us to push my small hybrid car off of a tiny patch of ice.
God has perfect control over himself and all things ― yet I can’t even resist the last bite of dessert.
So when I previously read 2 Timothy 1:7 I completely missed the point. I mistakenly thought it meant I wasn’t supposed to be fearful. That I was to figure out how to act powerful, loving and disciplined. What a hopeless situation!
But I had gotten it wrong.
It wasn’t until I read another translation that I realized this verse was describing God’s Spirit, not mine.
Now I know God is neither surprised nor disappointed by my timidity. In fact, he expects it. And in his anticipation of my fearfulness he has provided me a way out. He has placed within my heart, his amazing Holy Spirit who is all-powerful, able to perfectly love, and maintain self-control.
What amazing grace!
Thank you for understanding my limitations and imperfections. And thank you for your wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Please let your power, love and self-discipline reign over my life.