1 Timothy 1:1-11
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Key to Love
Where does a heart of love come from? If you want to have a heart of love, what should you do? You could turn to today’s reading and find out. This passage gives us a way to examine ourselves and determine if our love is what it ought to be. Mark these qualities in your Bible. In verse five, Paul says that love comes from having a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. First, a pure heart is one that is without sin and is wholly devoted to Christ. Is your heart pure? If you have sin in your life, or if other things are more important than God, we can’t love as we should. Second, Paul’s says that love comes from a good conscience. It is a conscience that does not bother you because of a relationship that is not right or sin that has not been confessed and forgiven. If your conscience is not good, you can not have love. Third, Paul says that love comes from a sincere faith. It is a faith that has no hypocrisy. If you live a hypocritical life, you can not love. How are you doing in these three areas? You can’t have a heart of love without being successful in these areas. Use the questions below to examine your life and determine if you have real love.
Is your heart pure? What changes are necessary for you to have greater love?
Is your conscience good? What changes are necessary for you to have greater love?
Is your faith sincere? What changes are necessary for you to have greater love?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?