((*Note: In the past I shared recipes and printables on Mondays. However, moving forward, I would like to share a meditation from my devotions instead. I will try to post as many Mondays as I can but can’t guarantee that I won’t miss a few! Hope you enjoy.))
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5
Loving others can be hard. Sometimes I don’t have the emotional reserve for it. I’m too tired, stressed, worried, or depressed. The weight of my own burdens is so heavy, that I don’t have strength to even think or care about what other people are going through.
1 Timothy 1:5 gives a clue as to how we may find the strength to love others. In this verse Paul says that love comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
What is the common thread through each of these points?
A pure heart – An honest heart that is truly and intently focused on pleasing God. A person with a pure heart still won’t behave perfectly. However, they will turn from their sin quickly and humbly repent of it before God.
A good conscience – If you are honest about your sins and failings before God, He will cleanse you of them. You will not be weighed down by your sins any longer or the emotional burdens that they cause. You will be more truthful with other people about who you are, including your weaknesses – because by the grace of Jesus you are no longer condemned or held hostage by them. A good conscience feels light, and free, and will be given to anyone who asks. This is nothing short of miraculous.
A sincere faith – Do you actually trust the Lord? Is your faith in Him sincere? Or do life’s troubles bring you to a state of depression and worry? If you entrust your life confidently to the Lord, acknowledging that He will replace your anxiety and sadness with victory and joy, your emotional burdens will be lightened. Then, you will be able to shift your focus to others.
Jesus, please forgive me for not believing you with a faith that is sincere. For holding on to depression and worry, rather than entrusting my troubles confidently to you.
Lord, I give you my day and all the challenges that will come with it. I choose to believe that you will bring me victory and joy in place of anxiety and depression. Please strengthen the sincerity of my faith, that my emotional resources could be freed for love and service. Amen.