October 15, Reading 3 – 1 Timothy 1

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SAA Notes

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)

SJA Notes

What kind of things should we be talking about as God’s people, and what should we not?

Paul here gives us a foundation rule that applies to our entire lives, and will mark our decision-making.

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

It’s important to note that the people here who desire to be teachers but have wandered into vain discussions, they make confident assertions!

Confidence in our conversation is not the be-all and end-all. In fact, there’s a warning here.

Don’t 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, these words point us to Jesus. Our hearts must be remade. Our consciences cleansed. Our faith renewed and refined each day.

How good is our God that this is possible in Him … More! That He is powerful to be able to do this AND that His intent (His will) is that it happens.

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.

Please remake our hearts each day Lord, exhort us to flee from evil and do good, and renew and strengthen our faith – Each and every day until we see You face to face.

Amen.

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