2 Timothy 1:7-12
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(This one speaks for itself.)
8 Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
(This is where it really counts for eternity, suffering in the name of Jesus because you are faithfully sharing His gospel.)
9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
(We are chosen to be saved from God’s wrath out of love and according to a great, mysterious plan beyond our comprehensive capability. Our actions do not save us; rather, we cannot be saved by our actions, no matter how religious, good, widespread, effective, or admirable. We are all shameful sinners, and only repentance and faith in Jesus saves, nothing more and nothing less.)
10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
(God’s purpose and grace is now evident because we know He has sent Jesus to bear God’s wrath in our place. Now we are able to “see” that we can have life — eternal life! — by believing in the One whom death could not overcome.)
11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
(Thank goodness for Paul and his divinely inspired writings in Scripture.)
12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(If Jesus is truly Lord in your life, you will be living in obedience and you will suffer to some degree. But you cannot let that stop you. Take your eyes off of man, look up, and see God. Put your confidence in Him, in His character. He will keep His promises because His name is Faithful.)
(Also, “For I Know Whom I Have Believed” is one of my favorite hymns.)