Eunice was the mother of Paul’s protege, Timothy. We’re first introduced to her in Acts 16:1, but it’s not until later, in 2 Timothy, that we learn her name.
“Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.”
We’re told that Timothy was respected and well t of among the believers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul invited Timothy to join him on his missionary travels, but first, he had Timothy circumcised since the Jews knew his father was a Greek.
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he points out that Timothy came from a line of godly women.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5)
He also points out that Timothy was taught scripture from his childhood.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (3:14-15)
What an amazing testimony of a godly mother’s influence on her son, despite the fact that her husband was not a believer. We don’t know the name of Timothy’s father, but we know that Eunice, his mother, instilled in him godly values and a solid understanding of scripture.
May we also pass on a godly heritage.
Read about Eunice: Acts 16:1-3, 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:14-15
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