The relationship of Paul and Timothy as described in 1 Timothy 1:1-17 is like a father to a son. Paul left him at Ephesus to contend with the false teachers who were deceptive and had their own interest in mind.
The content of the false teachers were myths and endless genealogies which only promoted controversial speculations rather than the advancement of God’s work. Ephesus was known as the place that worshiped the love-goddess Artemis and the people were being taught a false doctrine that produced spiritual sickness instead of the TRUTH that produces spiritual health.
The TRUTH from the law is to provide direction for life. It’s there for rebels, the ungodly, immoral, and even murderers. Paul had persecuted and even murdered Christians in his past but because of a relationship with Jesus, received the power to change.
Love is produced from a pure heart that is filled with faith and wants others to succeed. The aim is to help people by caring for them, encouraging, and teaching so they don’t have to learn the hard way. Just like Paul, humility and gratitude should mark our lives as we all need grace to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
This day with You Lord, every detail of our life is known by You yet we are loved so much that You sent Your Son to die for us. Your thoughts about us are not on our past but only our potential for the future. You can use each of us to care for others, encourage, and teach them so they don’t have to learn the hard way. Amen