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Day 14 – Issue 38

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Philippians 2.22-23 NLT

‘But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.’

Timothy was clearly very important to Paul. Born in Lystra in Galatia (now part of Turkey) he had a Jewish mother and a Greek father. Paul met him on his second missionary journey and he was a regular companion from then onwards. The letter to the Philippians was one of six letters in which Timothy was named as the co-author with Paul, and the apostle also wrote two deeply personal and moving letters specifically to Timothy who he refers to as his dear son. Here in Philippians, Paul says that he has no one else like him. Everyone else looked after their own interests, but not Timothy, who could be relied upon as a man of faith and someone who genuinely cared.

As Paul languished in prison it must have been wonderful for him to know that he had Timothy’s continual support. Paul’s future was entirely unclear and his many references to death suggest that he wasn’t at all certain that he would get out alive. Paul had to rely on those who could continue his missionary work and in Timothy he had someone who had proved himself, and who could be relied upon to take the work forward.

Our lives are very different from Paul’s, but we also need those on whom we can completely rely. Thank God for the blessing of good friends who share our convictions and our burdens, and who are willing to walk with us whatever happens. There is a wonderful verse in Proverbs that says that “a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18.24) What a gift!

QUESTION: Who are you able to rely upon and how do you look after your relationship with them?

PRAYER: Lord God, thank you for the gift of friends. Help me never to take them for granted but always to be loyal in my love and support for them. Amen

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Written by: Miriam Emenike

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