DVFrom Timidity to Power, Love, and Self-DisciplineFor God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. —2 Timothy 1:7What can you do to make you or others feel more comfortable in a group discussion or Bible study? What can you do to promote an atmosphere of love and mutual encouragement?
How can you better prepare yourself to share God’s teachings both in and outside of church? Do you have a testimony that you have yet to share?Many brothers and sisters in the church have learned the spirit of humility. I frequently see the genuine humbleness of our members. Indeed, Peter tells that we should humble ourselves so that God may lift us up in due time (1 Pet 5:6). But how can we distinguish humility from timidity?
Sometimes we feel as though we are unworthy of any knowledge we may possess. In Bible studies and classes, some people feel disinclined to speak up because of their sense of position before God and before others. They do not want to appear to be showing off or come across as a smart aleck. But as a result of their reluctance to share thoughts or answer questions, classes and Bible studies become stagnant and dull.
Paul tells us that everything we say or do should only be for the edification of those who listen (Eph 4:29). So, in that sense, we should not be shy or timid during discussions. How are we going to share the love and grace given from God if we hesitate to speak up? The thoughts and testimonies we share should “encourage one another and build each other up" (1Thess 5:11).
Do not just passively participate in Bible study and class. Be prepared and pray for the courage and wisdom from God so that through you, others listening may experience God’s divine teachings and His love. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
This does not apply just to church Bible studies and classes. We should also practice the "spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" to our friends and seekers of the truth. Do not be shy for the Lord. He will give us power to express ourselves so that we can edify others.