Living Word

In A.D. 64 the apostle Paul was in prison in Rome. The Emperor Nero was persecuting Christians and Paul was facing execution.

It is hard to imagine being in these circumstances. What would I do?

Paul wrote a letter to Timothy whom he loved like a son. He gave instructions for going forward in faith. Paul believed that life went beyond physical life on earth. 

Paul once wrote to the church at Corinth: So we are of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Throughout the letter to Timothy Paul anchors his instructions in the scriptures. Paul has completed his role and is passing the torch of faith to Timothy.

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 MSG

This is a wonderful reason to spend time studying God’s word.

This post is linked with the Five Minute Friday writing community. Today’s prompt is: LIFE

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

4 Comments on “Living Word

  1. Indeed! The Word of God is life and breath.

    There seems to be a constant theme for me this week about “being of good courage” which is timely since I am waiting for medical test results.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Out here in the cancer ward,
    in with all the blood and pain,
    life is still pointed toward
    knowledge that my death is gain.
    Sure, the comfort factor’s low,
    and yes, I wish I could still speak,
    but this is not a fatal blow
    to the faith that I seek,
    for although God has brought me here,
    He has not left me on my own,
    and His promise shines so clear:
    He’s with me ’till the flower’s blown,
    and then we’ll walk, side by side
    to where I will in grace reside.

  3. We learn so much from the Apostle Paul and life. Even in a stench-filled, dirty prison cell he would proclaim “For me to live is Christ to die is gain.” Oh to have that outlook every single day in our modern day world. #11 FMF

  4. I find the words of Paul’s epistles to be so encouraging. Thank you for sharing these truths today! I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday

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