Paul writes to strengthen and encourage the young Timothy. What areas did Timothy need to be strengthened and encouraged in? Why has God shown you mercy? (v.16)
* Holy God, You are holy and we are Your people, thank You for Jesus – You the son that makes it possible for us to approach the HOLY GOD.
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
What should our conversation be like as God’s people?
It is important to note from this passage that people who desire to be teachers but have wandered into vain discussions – They make confident assertions!
Confidence in our conversation is not to be the be-all and end-all, it is not to be a mark of truth in and of itself. In fact, there’s a warning here.
Do not swerve from the aim of our charge!
Love. Love that comes from three things.
One. A pure heart.
Two. A good conscience.
Three. A sincere faith.
But those three things can’t be achieved on our own.
As with all of God’s word, this passage points us to Jesus. Our hearts must be remade, our consciences cleanses, our faith renewed and refined each day.
How good is our God that this is possible in Him!
That He is powerful to be able to do this AND that this is His intention (His will).
Hallelujah, what a Saviour we have!
* Father God,
Thank You for Your grace – Giving to us what we do not deserve.
And thank You for Your mercy – Not giving us what we do deserve.
Please help us to hold fast to the aim of the charge You lay on us – To show Your love to those around us.