The great missionary Apostle knew that his death was imminent (2 Timothy 4:6). His greatest concern was for Timothy, his beloved son in the faith (2 Timothy 1:2). He sought to prepare him through the admonitions contained in this passage.
There's a lot of discussion these days about our rights. So many seem to feel their rights have been violated, or that they should have rights in addition to the ones already extended to them.
Unity among believers is a great challenge we face. The Lord’s poignant prayer links the world’s belief in Him as being sent from God to His followers being one as He and the Father are one (John 17:20-21). Peter sets forth four vital steps for how we can promote unity:
David was fleeing the wrath of King Saul when he confided in Jonathan, his dearest friend, “there is but a step between me and death.”
"The liberal soul shall be made fat" (Proverbs 11:25). The one who gives to bless others cannot escape being blessed himself. Paul used a well-known principle from farming to reinforce this point. Sow little = reap little. Sow much = reap much.