After greeting his protégé and offering thanksgiving for the joy he finds in his friendship with Timothy, as well as Timothy’s faithfulness in the face of imprisonment, Paul offers words of encouragement. In vs. 14, Paul urges Timothy to “guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”
Who or what threatens the “good treasure” within you? What practices or people help you to stand strong? How can you help others to do the same?
Offer a prayer of confession for those times you let your human-self eclipse your God-created-self and find assurance in God’s forgiveness.