The relationship of the apostle Paul to the younger Timothy has been described by one writer thus:

That an older man should selflessly love, instruct and repose confidence in a youth and then continue to exhibit such close companionship for approximately twenty years is surely admirable.

For a young man to respond with similar respect, confidence, and heartfelt admiration, without jealousy, impatience, or resentment is equally commendable. The relationship of these two men is a remarkable display of Christian virtues at their best.

Irving L. Jensen, Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament: Search and Discover (Chicago: Moody Press, 1981), 374.