[Morning Walk] Perfunctory Love: 2 Timothy 2

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: 2 Kings 11 & 12, 2 Timothy 2

When I envision getting engaged, I imagine that it will be a beautiful and memorable moment in which my boyfriend tells me how much he loves me and how he can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.

I definitely do not imagine that he tell me that we should get married because we’re of the appropriate age to do so or because our friends and family expect it given how long we’ve dated. If he did, I would walk run away and not look back. After all, love should not be perfunctory and appropriate, but rather spontaneous and passionate. Right?

Paul writes to Timothy,

Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. ESV.

On the one hand, there is knowledge of God that leads to a cold love because it is perfunctory and appropriate. On the other hand, however, there is also passionate zeal for God that “is not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2).

How can our knowledge of God and our passion for God merge? We must “reason together” (Isaiah 1:18) and we must “not be [children] in [our] thinking” but rather “mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20).

Deep and serious questions arise in the human life – questions about suffering, duty, delight, money, or career advancement. Although the world has certain answers to these questions, only “the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

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