“But the goal of our instructions is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (I Tim. 1:5)
#1 – “LOVE FROM A PURE HEART”
That is: Simply loving people with no strings attached.
While they were butchering Jesus on a pole, He cried, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Lk.23:34).
That is pure love. And that is how we are to love others.
#2 – “LOVE FROM A CLEAR CONSCIENCE”
That is: Simply ministering to people out of pure motives: Guilt free. Only possible if :
- I understand what God wants me to do: My calling.
- I accept my God-given limitations in fulfilling that calling: My humanity.
- I appropriate the unconditional grace of God for my life and calling: My resources.
“…Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (II Tim. 2:1)
“Therefore, since we have this ministry, we have received mercy…” (II Cor. 4:1)
#3 – “ LOVE FROM A SINCERE FAITH”
That is: Simply loving people without hypocrisy. (Rom. 12:9a)
Judas’ kiss in betraying Christ is illustrative of hypocritical love. (Lk. 22:47, 48)
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