Endeavour to develop a deep, real and meaningful faith in your family.
2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith……
Other translations use the words ‘genuine faith’. It was what other translations call ‘unfeigned faith’. The emphasis here in the original Greek is that their faith was without hypocrisy. It describes sincere behaviour free from hidden agendas (selfish motives).
I would dare to say that both the mother and the grandmother exhibited a real and a consistent faith. These ladies were genuine. I would venture to say that the way they lived was the same at home as it was in public. They did not blow hot and cold, they were consistent – without hypocrisy! The way we live our lives should be the same.
Paul tells us that these ladies were believers. This was a term used to describe people who believed in Jesus Christ.
Acts 16:1 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.
If we are going to touch the lives of others we must know in whom we believe. There should be no hesitation or doubt. Their faith was genuine because they believed in Jesus and could not be shaken. Even in difficult situations and in spite of opposition their faith remained true. A genuine abiding faith is something contagious. Keep on burning for God and the warmth will change even the coldest environment.
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