2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy (2 Timothy 1).
There is no doubt but that Paul considered Timothy as his adopted “son” in the faith, with whom a deep and mutual affection existed. This is evidenced by the blessing Paul gives of “grace, mercy and peace,” his gratitude to God for him (“I thank God”), his constant “prayers night and day” for him, and his “longing to see” him.
How do you know someone really loves you? They bless you and want the very best for you; they are truly grateful for you; they pray for you all the time; and they always really, really miss you when you are separated. How do you show real love to someone? You do the same.
Lord, help us This Day to show true love and affection to those we say we love. Amen.