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I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 2 Timothy 1:3-4

Read: 2 Timothy 1:3-4
Listen: 2 Timothy 1

Paul and Timothy are more than mere acquaintances or work companions. They are spiritual friends. They know each other deeply and care for each other thoroughly. They encourage each other in their gospel work and faith in Jesus. They experience painful lows and spiritual highs. Their friendship develops through trials, victories and shared meaningful work over many years. Paul’s departure is deeply emotional for Timothy (2 Timothy 1:4).

Spiritual friendships encourage and challenge one another to grow and deepen their relationship with Jesus. These friendships are a tremendous gift. Deep, spiritual friendships often result when people take Christian community to the next level. Two members from a small group may decide to meet for deeper conversations and accountability. Christians at work or from the community can become meaningful spiritual friends. Wherever these friendships start, they need ongoing intentionality to cultivate further intimacy and depth of relationship.

TODAY: Consider your current relationships and who could be a spiritual friend. Ask God to reveal someone or bring someone new into your life. Then, take steps to invest in this relationship. Maybe invite them to meet for coffee to share your Christian journeys. If you already have deep, spiritual friendships, thank God for them and send a text today thanking them for their friendship.


Read Exodus 18-19. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note how Moses goes between God and the people and speaks God’s words to them.