Power, Love and Discipline

II Timothy 1:7 (NASB) For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Fear causes us to be emotionally paralyzed.  When we are overcome with fear, we can't make decisions and can't move forward. Because God knows this-we are told in scripture that God gives us a spirit of power. 
Power is the opposite of fear.  Fear comes when we feel helpless.  We feel helpless when we don't see a way to do anything useful or positive.  News and political reports can make us feel there is no hope.  But God is watching.  Understanding that there is a God and that He is still involved and concerned with His followers takes away that dread of the unknown.  We can know that God still cares and is still in control.
The New King James Version renders the verse this way: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.   Power, Love, Discipline, or in the other case: Power, Love, Sound Mind.  All of these attributes depict positives from God toward us. We are not to let this world get to us. We have to have faith to know that God cares and wants good for us.   
Along with power, the verse says we are given a spirit of love.  Jimi Hendrix said: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace".  This peace is found in the church.  As well, we are given a spirit of discipline or a sound mind.  These words may not seem to be synonymous, but they are in this context.  Discipline brings soundness of mind because it projects self-control. And self is the only thing we have control over.
Tony Stafford  
Miami Church of Christ


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