Love, love, love

1 Timothy 1:5 (NLT)

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith.

Paul writes to his young protégé, Timothy, and he has a specific purpose in mind. Paul’s writings are not intended to be a list of dos and don’ts for believers. Oftentimes I tend to look at it that way. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel defeated as we “work” to please God.

Thank Jesus, that’s not the intention at all. Besides, Paul even tells us in 1 Timothy 1:15 that he is the worst sinner of all. Jesus uses Paul as our example, so we can know there is hope for us. “…[Jesus has] great patience with even the worst sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15, NLT)

Paul’s intention is for everyone to be filled with love. Love. Personally, I love “love”! When we view life through the eyes of love, our perspective is renewed. And, Paul’s not referring to an “I love pizza” kind of love, but he means a special, unconditional love.

(1) “Love that comes from a pure heart”

How can we have a pure heart? Ask God and He will grant it. David prayed in Psalms 51:10 (KJV):

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

(2) “Love that comes from a clear conscience”

This seems impossible, but it’s not. Recognize that condemnation is not from God but from the devil. Repent – turn from your sins and move forward.

Romans 8:1(KJV):

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…

(3) “Love that comes from a genuine faith”

Have faith in God. In order to be filled with true love, we must believe in God.

Hebrews 11:6(KJV):

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Just believe.

You can not only experience this kind of love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith; but, you can walk in this love everyday!!

Take 5 minutes and reflect upon God’s unconditional love today! Then, as you carry on, grant that same love towards others.

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As a former mathematics teacher and pastor's wife, I encounter many people facing difficult problems in everyday life. I desire to inspire others to push on during times of difficulty. I am a mother of two grown children, and what I lack in personal experience, I have gleaned through the experiences of others. My goal is to encourage through my "Priddy" words.

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