Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. – 1 Timothy 1:5
One Wednesday night, as I was engaged in discussion with the faithful few at my local church, we bantered over what values we considered “core” to our fellowship. Many had already been presented, but a dear sister in Christ brought forth another that we had previously missed. What was this core value that she held so dear?
We believe in the love of Christ. Yes!
Paul, instructing his protege in the faith (Timothy), crystallized the aim of a pastor’s teaching ministry … and, I would like to add, the teaching ministry of any local church … into one little word — love. Yes, our faith must be sincere. We absolutely must maintain a good conscience. Our hearts must remain pure as well, but only because they all serve as a source from which springs the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Greater love … from Him … through us … to the world must be our primary aim for it is truly the only answer.
Love your neighbor for God’s sake, and God for your own sake. – Leaves of Gold