Was your goal today to live out love? What does it even look like to live out the action of Jesus centered love? Paul gives us three in 1Timothy 1:5. He says, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
In Paul’s context there are teachers who are concerned with flawed views of God, secular myths, vain discussion, endless genealogies, and not really understanding what they are saying. But we don’t do this today right? How many of us are still in heavy dialog on what those Nephilim really are? Have we figured out the scientific explanation behind Elijah’s chariot that came from heaven? I mean, what on earth could that of been?
In our journey of faith many of us have come across some thought provoking instances in conversation, but what was the result? Paul would say that many of these just bring speculation instead of stewardship. We are charged to love not be theorizers of possibilities.
Often times theories are easier and more amusing then genuinely living out love. That is why there are a lot of Jesus lectures instead of on the field training in our churches. In order to live out the action of love instead of getting sideswiped by things that are not helpful in the growth of our faith, Paul points us toward how we should love.
1. Pure heart.
Having a pure heart involves being a holiness pursuer. It is difficult to have a pure, untainted heart when we are consumed with defilements and sin. I am often surrounded by doers of love who are holiness pursuers instead of people who take lightly being pure. Pure hearts can love better than corrupted ones.
2. Good Conscience
No Dory, I am not your conscience but we all have one. We have, saved or not, a moral compass down in the depths of each of us. The way that we live out our lives and the spiritual food that we feast upon will determine what our conscience pushes us toward. Developing a conscience that is founding upon pleasing God will be a conscience that is able to live out love.
3. Sincere Faith
To be sincere is to be real in your faith. There are no strings attached to someone who is sincere. We should not live the faith to get this attention or this position. We just live it because it is real. The Spirit of God is within His people and pushes us to live out this faith. If we are not sincere in our love for Jesus then we will not be sincere in loving others.
It deeply worries me when those who follow Jesus are not firstly defined by love. Yes we are to hate sin as well and be diligent to live holy lives. But living a holy life does not involve hating, belittling, and trampling those who do not have the Spirit of God. Follower of Jesus, our charge is to bring love. We are to live out the act of love. Are we being obedient?
Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls. Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world. And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.