What Is To Be The Bottom Line In Our Ministry To Others?

Consider this:

 

But the goal of our instructions is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)

 

1. “LOVE FROM A PURE HEART

 

That is: Simply loving people with no strings attached.

 

While they were butchering Jesus on a pole, He cried, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).

 

That is pure love. And that is how we are to love others.

 

2. “LOVE FROM A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

 

That is: Simply ministering to people out of pure motives: Guilt free. Only possible if:

  • I understand what God wants me to do: My calling.
  • I accept my God-given limitations in fulfilling that calling: My humanity.
  • I appropriate the unconditional grace of God for my life and calling: My resources.

…Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1)

 

Therefore, since we have this ministry, we have received mercy… ” (2 Corinthians 4:1)

 

3. “LOVE FROM A SINCERE FAITH

 

That is: Simply loving people without hypocrisy. (Romans 12:9a)

 

Judas’ kiss in betraying Christ is illustrative of hypocritical love. (Luke 22:47, 48)

 

 

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