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! Timothy 1:5-6

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

The commandments are all of the “thou shalts” and all of the “thou shall nots”. What is to be the end result of all those commandments however? What is the proof that I am actually embracing and doing this commandment thing correctly? The end result of all of the positive and negative commandments is to be charity or love out of a pure heart and from a good conscience and then faith unfeigned or a faith that is not just an act but sincere. So the proof that I am doing the commandment thing correctly is increased love from a pure heart, a clean conscience and increased faith.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy that some had swerved aside from correctly doing the commandments and turned instead to vain jangling or to empty talk. So apparently Paul felt like the love, clean conscience and increased faith were missing.

Paul also instructed Titus in the same manner. Titus 1:10-11, For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

Paul told Titus that there was a lot of empty talking going on and it was for filthy lucre’s sake. Additionally Paul felt like the biggest problem was with those of the circumcision or in the church of that day.

It’s hard to believe that people would teach do this and don’t do that just for the purpose of gaining wealth but that’s what Paul said.

The commandments were written by the finger of God. The God of love tells us what to do and what to not do. Likewise when we touch human lives let it be from a clean conscience and out of a heart of love. If it is, we will see an increase of faith in the poor soul we are trying to help.

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