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Bible Challenge – 1 Timothy 1

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” v. 5 (NLT)

Love is the central word in what Jesus says is the greatest commandment, “To love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and strength.” He goes on to say that the second greatest command is, “To love our neighbor as ourselves!” However, somewhere in the mix we have lost sight of this very important statement by Jesus.  Let’s be honest, loving others takes time, work and sometimes resources.  It’s much easier to love ourselves that to love others.  Loving God has some of the same characteristics as well.  It requires commitment, self-discipline, and a giving heart. Let’s be honest, love requires much from us!

But, when we experience God’s love, it changes the way we love.  When we understand the serious nature and high cost of sin, it causes us to see the Cross in a whole new light.  The cross is a picture of both God’s wrath and God’s Love.  Because God punishes sin, the Cross was the extreme punishment for sin. But, because God loves us, the Cross was the extreme expression of God’s love!  The Cross stands between God’s wrath and God’s love! It reveals both a God that seeks Justice and God provides Love.

Through the cross we can be filled with the love of God and therefore love others.  The level at which we love, can be measured by the purity of our heart, clearness of our conscience, and the depth of our genuine faith. This is the essence of a true Christ Follower! It requires much of us, but produces so much more in us!

Today, will your Love for God and others be seen by your purity, clear conscience, and genuine faith?

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