Food For Thought For November 13, 2023
Have Sincere Love in Your Heart | 1 Tim. 1:5-7Read This Passage: 1 Timothy 1:3-7
5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.1 Timothy 1:5-7 NKJV
To the young preacher, Paul encourages Timothy to move with sincere love and a good conscience; he was to have faith in his heart that was sincere (true and honest). I am a firm believer that sincere faith that moves in sincere love should manifest from all true believers. However, many are able to speak about love but it is incredibly difficult to put love into action.
The reason why sincere love in action is so difficult for many of us is because our hearts, on a daily basis, are influenced by a world that doesn’t know the first thing about sincere love. We live in a world where people are obsessed with themselves – they are selfish are greedy. In the selfishness and greed of the world, many are cold and bitter in their hearts and are apathetic to their actions and how they may affect another. The bitterness of others can then rub off onto the believer and affect us in a bad way. Yet, we must remember that all the law of God hangs on that one word – love.
How often do you consider how you treat others and pray to the Lord when you have mistreated others? How often do you go to those who you have wronged and seek their forgiveness? We are to have sincere love in our hearts; we are to have a good conscience. In no way, as a true child of God, should we have a heart that moves as we once did in our old sinful ways. So, I encourage you today, love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.