“The Aim of Our Charge”

michaelatworldslongestriver_opt“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart”

Mike (left), Tim (left center) and I have been studying I Timothy as we conduct research on the challenges and opportunities facing our International Needs partners in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana.

The other morning we were struck by the wonderful testimony of the Christians in the city of Ephesus. What impressed us is that they did not come across others in a judgmental manner. Instead, even though they knew of the sin that consumed so many people in the city, their charge seemed to be “love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (I Timothy 1:5).

It is interesting that after Paul rattles off a list of sins Timothy needed to watch for, he referred to himself as the chief sinner (I Timothy 1:15). As we shared, it was as if all three of us got it. Our message is one of mercy and grace that overflows with faith and love. That is a message of hope that isn’t judgment because we realize that we are also sinners, but sinners who have benefited from the work of Jesus Christ.

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