5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
Think with me for a minute. This is fascinating.
Paul has just charged Timothy not to let anyone in the congregation teach anything that contradicts healthy doctrine.
Now he tells Timothy the aim of the charge: “love.” Yep. Love. Love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.
Timothy is the pastor of this multi-generational & wealthy church. Paul tells Timothy to love them. What’s the best way to love them? Ensuring healthy doctrine is infused throughout the congregation. Paul told Timothy – out of love – to aggressively remove anything or anybody that didn’t center around sound gospel teaching. He reiterated it by saying his conscience was clean, his heart was pure, and his faith in what he was doing in the sight of God was sincere.
Timothy was to love his people by ensuring sound and healthy doctrine was what was being devoted to throughout the congregation.
Why? Focusing on less-important spiritual things will always have a negative affect on your mind. When your mind is affected, so will your behavior. Right thoughts about God lead to right behaviors in life.
THE main way Paul was to love the congregation was to devote himself – and help others devote themselves – to infuse their instruction with healthy, biblical doctrine. Devoting himself to anything else would not be loving for his people.
Does your understanding of being ‘loved’ by ministry leaders coordinate with the Bible’s?
Does your pastor love you?
Ask yourself: “Does he help me know and apply the truths found in the Scriptures?” And, “Does he help me keep the main thing the main thing – the Gospel?”
Does your Sunday School teacher love you?
Ask, “Does he/she help me to both know and apply the truths found in the Scriptures?” And, “Does he/she help me not get entangled in non-important matters, but stay focused on the main thing?”
Pray for them (us!) to love you with a biblical, healthy, and genuine love.