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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, February 21, 1996
Dear Colleagues,

WHAT IS TO BE THE BOTTOM LINE IN OUR MINISTRY TO OTHERS?

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Good Morning!

Consider this:

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)

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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