2Ti 1:5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
A compliment is a gracious expression of appreciation of a gift or a quality that a person possesses you admire. Paul’s encouragement comments with remembrace of Timothy’s past faith that he admired as genuine. In the present with trials it sounded weak not absent. It was already there only needing to be refined or fanned by confident persuasion. This is no different to what Jesus told the disciples, they asked Him to increase their faith in their time of weakness. In response, Jesus made it clear that if they had the smallest amount or measure of true/genuine faith (seed), nothing would be too hard to accomplish. With Jesus, they did not need more faith to believe, only assurance they had enough faith to live, “the just shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17). Timothy needed reassurance.
This genuine faith he saw first in Timothy’s grandmother, then his mother and now in him. It is to be understood of the grace of faith was implanted in the heart by the Spirit of God, and was genuine. He believed with the heart unto righteousness. His faith worked by love to God, and Christ, and to his people. It was attended to with good works. The moment you doubt, you don’t need more faith to belive, you need assuarance you have enough faith live. Fan the faith.