1 Timothy 1:1-7
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
Paul looked at Timothy as a son and therefore as his spiritual father it was his duty to continually give advise and encouragement to strengthen Timothy’s faith and to affirm that he has authority to command folk not to teach false and misleading doctrines. This must be done with love and for Timothy to keep his life as a example.
Our lives must be the same and our talk must be true and a means of showing Christ to those we are in contact with, leading to them to Him.
Lord help me to love, live and speak only that which glorifies You. May my daily life be so effective that others will want what I have in my life.
Written by Joan Bennett