What’s Your Aim?

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5

How’s Your Aim?

Paul’s letters to Timothy are often regarded as containing pastoral content. Although it is true that a shepherd of God’s flock can learn much in these letters (as well as in Titus); it should not be overlooked by the general body of Christ. Paul’s letters to Timothy are full of good instructions that are beneficial for all believers.

The main point of this post will be to look at Paul’s charge to Timothy, but let us begin with the context of the verse.

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

1 Timothy 1:3-7

Paul is writing this letter to Timothy, a young man who God has called to aide in the spreading of the Gospel. Timothy has spent some time traveling with Paul, but at this moment Paul has left him with the Ephesian Church. It is apparent from Paul’s writing that there were some who sought to add or change the Gospel, and Paul was worried for the church. In the verse that we are going to look at more closely, Paul is instructing Timothy on how to approach those who distort the Gospel and oppose him. Paul is instructing Timothy not to lash out in anger, but to allow love to pursued those who have strayed back to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Now, let us break down the verse.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5

You may be familiar with some other letters that Paul wrote about the importance of love in a Christian lifestyle. He once wrote a letter to the Church in Corinth that stresses the importance of love in the Christian lifestyle.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Paul believes love to be the most important character trait of a believer. Once you have experienced the love of God; a fountain of his love will spring up, and if you allow it, will outflow into the lives of those around you. Paul charges Timothy in his letter not to stand against those who are wrong because he wants to prove himself right, not because he wants to prove them wrong, but because God’s love can be found in the correct teaching of the scripture.

In this passage, Paul explains where this loving reaction originates from.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5

Paul informs Timothy that his motive in ministry has to be love. When facing those who have fallen to false teachings and teachers, when living our faith before the world, we should always keep love at the forefront of everything we do. If our purpose and motivation is anything less than love, than we are fighting a worthless battle. Our love should come from a pure heart. Ministry is not about being the person with all of the answers. Evangelism is not possible from a heart that does not love those who hear the message. If we speak, act, or respond from any other motivation than love… we are practicing a false religion of self-importance. A pure heart is necessary to put God’s purposes above our own.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5

A good conscience is important, because without one we waste considerable time finding fault in others to justify our own short-comings. When our personal walk is spent wandering off the path, we tend to track mud into our lives. A good conscience is necessary to see past the flaws of others. You cannot love from a guilty conscience. That is why a life of repentance is so important for a Christian. Our lives should be marked by our desire to move away from our sinfulness, and that means repenting of our sin often.

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:5

Paul’s charge to Timothy includes the call to a sincere faith. A pure heart and a good conscience is only possible when our lives are directed by a sincere faith in Jesus Christ. Success in our walk with the Lord is not found in our own ability, but in Christ’s. It is because of his dependability that we can say that God is changing us.

A sincere faith does not attempt to promote self, but to promote Christ. A sincere faith is one that allows the Holy Spirit to guide and direct. A sincere faith does not get caught up in the desires and ambitions of this life, but in the promotion of the Gospel. A sincere faith is one that seeks true devotion to God and his causes. Sincere faith is to worship God with the individual’s entire heart, all of their soul, and their whole mind, and to love others. A sincere faith will lead to keeping a good conscience; it will purify your heart, and create love for others.

Paul’s charge to Timothy expresses the importance of love in a Christian’s life. And gives insight to how sincere faith, a clear conscience, and a pure heart can create influence in the lives of others.

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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