7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) Paul wrote these words to Timothy. Timothy was the man Paul had mentored in the faith. He was now entrusting him to carry on the work. Paul was imprisoned for the second time and from all indications in this last letter to Timothy his death by execution was imminent.
As you could imagine, Timothy was shaken by these events. It seems that he may have even allowed Paul’s circumstances to impact his bold proclamation of the gospel and his diligence in making disciples. Paul’s instruction to him to not be ashamed of him or the gospel is rooted in the statement that God has not given us a spirit of fear.