1 Timothy 1:5 – “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” NASU
I had someone ask me in a preacher’s conference what the goal of my preaching was. I thought about that carefully before answering and this passage came to mind. If I use this text as my foundation and target it is threefold. I believe encapsulated in those three targets or objects enables us to move into a deeper place with God and set us free from the powers of darkness in a wonderful way.
LOVE FROM A PURE HEART.
In the Psalms, the Psalmist asked, “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?” The answer was, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” The cry of his heart in Psalm 19:14 was, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…” In Psalm 51:10 he cries out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God…”
Peter reveals to us the desire of God and the purpose of the believer in 1 Peter 1:22-23, “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God…”
Augustine said, “Love is the only sign that distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil.” Jesus said in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
If I can present Jesus to you so that He becomes real, Love will naturally flow into you and from you. It is in that state of forgiveness and grace that your heart is purified and out of the purity of your heart you can and will demonstrate God’s Love.
LOVE FROM A GOOD CONSCIENCE.
In 1 John 3:21 we discover that a heart at peace with God free of condemnation gives confidence. We are able to stand before God, not because we deserve or have earned favor but because of the Blood of Jesus. His Grace in frees our conscience to walk in righteousness. Not self-righteousness but His righteousness.
Freedom from guilt enables the heart to receive the goodness of God. If our hearts are filled with guilt and shame, we tend to withdraw and build walls to protect and hide our flaws. We are not able to give or receive love and build up each other in love, joining our gift to the gifts of others in the Body.
If I can present Jesus and His Grace to you in a way that helps you to have perfect peace knowing that your sins have been forgiven you are able to give forgiveness and love as He loved.
LOVE FROM A SINCERE FAITH…
Notice that each of the legs of that triangle of life includes Love. We will never truly express, demonstrate, receive, or give love without trust. My friend, Garry Smith says, “You cannot love a God you do not know, and you cannot serve a God you do not love.”
It is in my confidence in His veracity and truth that I become a candidate for the impartation of His love and goodness. So, the objective of my preaching is LOVE! Love from a Pure Heart, Good Conscience, and Sincere Faith. It is to inspire the hearer to allow the Holy Spirit to bathe the heart in Grace, free the conscience of guilt, and inspire confidence and trust in God.
He has never and will never fail. He has never and will never forsake. He has never and will never fail to keep His promises. He is trustworthy and able to keep that which we have committed to Him for all eternity.
God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!