2 Timothy 4:14-18

14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


One response to “2 Timothy 4:14-18

  1. The maker of idols was opposed to a message that condemned idolatry….no mystery there. But Paul brings this up to mark the enemy and warn Timothy about him. In all Paul’s struggles, and those who hurt and opposed them, he was not looking out for himself. He warned those he loved, but left it in God’s hands to deal with them and to retribute for His own cause.

    God can handle His own plans and purposes. When I start to make it about me, and seek my own vengeance, I lose my vision of what I am to do for God and spend my energy taking care of me.

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