“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:5, ESV
“It’s God’s job to judge, our job is just to love.”
Phrases like this often get thrown around in today’s culture, often as an excuse for someone’s behavior that has strayed so far off course and borders on lawlessness. I’m not talking about government laws, as those are changed all the time to adapt to the culture, but I am talking about Biblical law. It is God’s job to judge, as He gets the final say, but we don’t live that way. Judgement and hypocrisy are commonplace, even among the oft quoted phrases like the one above. Even though the Ten Commandments are in the Old Testament, they are still applicable today. They are a foundation from which our character is built as we grow and learn to live like Jesus. But we’re under grace these days, didn’t grace override the Ten Commandments? Well, yes, we are under grace when we have Jesus in our hearts and the Holy Spirit living inside of us, but we still have a Biblical law that we are supposed to adhere by. The greatest commandment, as given to us by Jesus, is that we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39, ESV). This command means we need to watch out for one another. If one is wandering off their path, it is the job of their brother or sister to guide them back. However, we need to do it in love, with a pure heart and a good conscience. Don’t worry about the speck in your brother’s eye when there is a log in yours. We need to keep ourselves in check before we can help our brothers and sisters. But our vision is often clouded, so we have to turn to someone else. There is One whose vision is never clouded and can see everything from any point of view. He is our Guide and our Help. We turn to God, He keeps us in check and lines us up with His Spirit. We all wander from time to time, or we get too excited and start acting on our plans without consulting with Him first. But the key to staying in line with God is communication – which means being in constant prayer. When we are in communication – prayer – with the Father we are more aware and become like Jesus. This puts us in line with where He needs us to be and allows us to be better listeners so we can help our brothers and sisters. Because of His love we are under grace, and grace is the “enpowering presence of God enabling us to be all that we were created to be and do all that we were created to do”. Live in grace today and love with a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.