2 Timothy 3:10 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
Here Paul is writing to his young protege Timothy. What I noticed about this description is Paul’s failure to name any faults or shortcomings in himself. Paul was a key leader of the early church – but he was not perfect. He was not a god. There’s a part of me that wants to see something like, “You’ve also observed by short temper, my impatience, and my love-hate relationship with the Dallas Cowboys”. Well, maybe not that last part, but you get the idea. He wasn’t a robot, but a man.
I realize this is likely a cultural difference from someone living 2,000 years ago. Listing one’s faults was rarely done in that day and age. But I think I could hear Paul more readily if he demonstrated more humanity, as he did in Romans 7:15,
15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Now this verse reveals someone who understands what it’s like to be me. Lord help me to get past my own prejudices to more readily take hold of biblical truth. Amen.