2 Timothy 4:14-18
On a WAY smaller scale, I’ve experienced some of what Paul’s talking about here. As soon as I read verse 14, some people came to mind who have hurt and betrayed me very deeply. Paul trusted the Lord to take care of it, not taking vengeance for himself or claiming a right to it. Some may think that means Paul didn’t even care about or think about vengeance, but I’m not sure. Perhaps he was just that focused on Jesus. I want to let go of bitterness and anger toward those who’ve harmed me deeply and intentionally, but it isn’t easy. I trust the Lord will do the right thing. I pray He’ll warn others about them to protect them. I don’t know that it’s my place to do so, but Paul did warn Timothy. More than just being against Paul, He was against the message, be it the gospel or some other message shared, so that’s beyond personal. That was from within the church. Outside of the church Paul was facing other problems and he had no defense except by the Lord. His defenders deserted him, much like Jesus was deserted. I pray I’d be one to stand strong and faithful by another Christian during persecution. But for Paul this was the culmination of his mission. He stood before Caesar with the gospel and a host of others on the way. We’re all told the Holy Spirit will give us what to say and such times so we don’t have to worry, but we should prepare to tell the reason for our hope at any moment. I know the reason and pray for those moments to share. The defense the Holy Spirit gave him at that time was enough to get him by, but eventually he’d die for the gospel, no doubt honorably and proudly. He had confidence not so much in this life, although he trusted God to work His plan in Paul in this world, too, but his hope and confidence was eternal. Why should we fear? Ultimately, what can man or any evil power do to us in Jesus? Our eternity is secure! Everything here is fleeting. Praise God!
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