To Timothy, a beloved son...
2 Timothy 1:2a
As I was reading Paul's second letter to Timothy, I see a man who genuinely loves and cares for another younger man that is not his actual son. Paul can call him his son because he has poured out so much of his life into him as they have served the Lord.
In our own culture, we enjoy keeping friendships at a safe distance. We'll go on Facebook to see a picture of what Frank is having for dinner, instead of having Frank over for dinner. We've settled for 329 Facebook friends and zero real relationships. We don't want relationships where we know each other's weaknesses and are vulnerable or relationships with genuine love.
Romans 12:10-12 informs us on how God would like His children to interact with each other. It reads, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer."
I've noticed through personal experience that these verses are impossible to apply to your life if you keep people at an arm's length and not let yourself be vulnerable to one another. Being vulnerable can be scary and that's why we avoid it, but God instructs us to, because He knows that we are a people who were created for relationships. As is the relationship between the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, so God wants a relationship with us. The challenge is not to suppress this gift from God but to embrace relationships.
Seeking to make real biblical relationships that honor God,
Pastor Jason Witt