1 Timothy 4. Forum Discussion

Do not neglect the spiritual gifts within you

In chapter 4, Timothy receives what amounts to a “pep talk” from Paul.

Paul instructs Timothy to:

  • In speech, conduct, love, faith and purity to show himself as an example of those who believe.
  • Give attention to the public reading of scripture, especially until Paul comes.
  • Exhort and teach.
  • Not neglect the spiritual gift that has been bestowed upon him.

The basic message that Timothy has for Paul can be found in verse 14:

“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you.” – 1 Timothy 4:14.

These words were exactly the encouraging message that the young preacher needed to hear. All of us can benefit from the encouraging words of those that have gone before us. The Bible contains many passages about the importance of encouragement, including:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9.

“For God has not given us a spirit of [a]timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7.

“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. ” - Psalm 37:4.

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” - Mark 11:24.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” - Psalm 28:7.

“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. ” - Proverbs 30:5.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13.

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
” - Psalm 55:22.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13.

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ” - 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33.

Just as Paul encouraged Timothy when he said, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you,” we should encourage one another to put our gifts to work to glorify God and build one another up.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Timothy 5 and the importance mentors in our lives. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen



What can we do to make sure we are not neglecting or spiritual gifts?

"If you don't use it, you lose it."

A thought would be that first we need to ask ourselves what we believe our spiritual gift or gifts are. Then challenge ourselves to put our faith into action and do something to glorify God with the gifts He has blessed us with.

"Just do it"


Receive God's gifts with an attitude of gratitude. Amen!