” The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” I Timothy 1
I ran across that yesterday and thought it was so beautiful and captures the aim we all should have. I’m in agreement with Paul (I usually am!) I think it’s a wonderful verse to memorize and repeat to ourselves.
A pure heart: doing things out of sheer love, sheer goodness, not allowing our pride, our egos, our past hurts, to color how we act toward others today. Not to let our love become clouded with the negatives. Open to the Word, open to the love of Christ, open to loving even the homeless, dirty man begging for a dollar.
A good conscience: which can only be had by doing things we know are good, ethical, of value, based on Scripture. With moral relativity is it possible to qualify a good conscience? Would that just be doing something and seeing how you ‘feel’ about it and, if it feels good, you have a good conscience? Wouldn’t that include, for example, an Islamic jihadist who feels he did these murders for his god?
A sincere faith: Bible based, true, open to the edicts without judging and interpreting them. It says what it means. Sharing that faith in fertile grounds, knowing when not to (and yes, there are times to walk away; read Bonhoeffer.) Sincere faith….such a beautiful expression. Prayer for others, believing your prayers might not be answered how we want them answered but they are heard and they brought you closer to God as you prayed which, I firmly believe, is the primary reason for prayer to this heavenly God who knows all, anyway.
“The aim of our charge is love…” How would you describe CHRISTIAN LOVE?
Isn’t this sweet? So pure….
Have a very blessed Sunday, be of good conscience, of pure heart, and strengthen that faith….be sincere about that!
And HAPPY FATHERS DAY…….I’m thinking of my dear Dad who died 22 years ago. He was the best man I EVER knew. I’ll be forever grateful to a great and loving Father in heaven for having made me Tom’s daughter. And for giving me the greatest bunch of sisters ever. I miss you, Dad.