“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5
“If your heart were right, then every created thing would be a mirror of life for you and a book of holy teaching, for there is no creature so small and worthless that it does not show forth the goodness of God. If inwardly you were good and pure, you would see things clearly and understand them rightly, for a pure heart penetrates to heaven and hell, and as a man is within, so he judges what is without. If there be joy in the world, the pure in heart certainly possess it; and if there be anguish and affliction anywhere, an evil conscience knows it well.” (Thomas A. Kempis)
The book of Timothy is a book Paul wrote to Timothy instructing him in the ways of ministry; how the church should act toward God. The church Paul was writing about had moved away from their love of Jesus into their love for the law. It seems that we humans cannot just love Jesus and allow Him to love us. We see the same problem in the church today. If you don’t do certain things in a certain way, you are not really following God. Nearly all of Paul’s letters were talking about this same problem. The problem that we have to get our life right before we can come to God. No, this is a lie, we come to the love of God then we allow Him to change our lives. The quote from Thomas A. Kempis is from his book, “The Imitation of Christ,” In this book, he tells us that we need to be imitating Christ. Imitating Jesus Christ is the only way that we can be pure at heart. I don’t know about you but I want the pureness of heart so that I can have the joy of the Lord in my life.