Not a spirit of cowardice (2 Tim. 1:7)

“God did not give us

A spirit

Of cowardice,

But rather a spirit

Of power,


And self-discipline.”

οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ὁ Θεὸς πνεῦμα δειλίας, ἀλλὰ δυνάμεως καὶ ἀγάπης καὶ σωφρονισμοῦ.

Paul said, “God (ὁ Θεὸς) did not give us (οὐ γὰρ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν) a spirit (πνεῦμα) of cowardice (δειλίας), but rather a spirit of power (ἀλλὰ δυνάμεως), love (καὶ ἀγάπης) and self-discipline (καὶ σωφρονισμοῦ).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word δειλίας, that means cowardice or timidity, and the word σωφρονισμοῦ, that means self-control, self-discipline, or prudence.  Paul explained to Timothy that God did not give us a timid or cowardly spirit.  Instead, he gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control.  Paul emphasized the role of power, love, and self-control that every Christian should display.  Do you have power, love, and self-control in your life?

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