Three Against One

7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (2 Timothy 1).

This is the only place where the word “deilia” (“timidity” or even “cowardice”) is found in the New Testament. Some translate this as “fear,” yet if this were Paul’s meaning he probably would have used “phobos” instead—a much more common word. No, timidity (even cowardice) is Paul’s meaning here.  

The Spirit of God is indeed meek—but He is never frail, never shy, never timid, and certainly never cowardly. And those indwelled by Him are endowed with enough “power and love and discipline (‘sound thinking’ or ‘self control’)” to overcome any timidity or cowardice trying to creep into their lives. Timidity is indeed outnumbered—three to one!

The power of God in us is greater than the power of timidity that would paralyze us; the love of God in our hearts overcomes all fears that would make them shudder; the mind of God directing us in Christ makes us cool, calm, and collected in the face of irrational fears that would misguide us.

Lord, we thank You for the power and love and discipline You put in our lives through Your Holy Spirit. Help us This Day to walk with You in perfect peace—with no hint of timidity, fear, or cowardice. Amen.