Today’s Reading | 1 Timothy 1:1-11
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?