1 Timothy 1:5-7
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
Paul starts with a warning. He reminds us of Jesus’ commandment to love, a central component to the faith we profess. He reminds us of love that is pure in heart, conscience (or motive), and sincerity. “A life that is open to God” as The Message Bible puts it. He tells Timothy though that some believers have become distracted from this central point, chasing knowledge and finding themselves stuck in the law, practicing “idle talk” and lacking true understanding of what they’re talking about.
When my life loses the centrality of Christ and His love for me and the world, I miss the point. It’s so easy then to start wandering into trying to buff up on knowledge and lofty discussions that have no heart. When my relationship with Jesus is the main thing, then Theology and discussions with other Christians becomes alive and helps to “work out my faith”.
Lord Jesus, thank you that you are so very patient with our wanderings. Help me Lord to keep a focussed revelation of your love at the centre of my days, that everything else I put my mind to would fall subject to this love and it’s cause.