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PRAY FOR KINGS AND THOSE IN AUTHORITY

1 Timothy 2:2  says “Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority.”  What is “this way” that we are supposed to pray? The verse prior answers that question by saying that we are to “plead for God’s mercy upon them and give thanks.”

How different this is from what we see daily in today’s society and culture. It is so easy to be critical of those in authority, be it the President or our city council member. It is practically impossible to turn on the TV or radio for any amount of time without hearing something critical of the President or other elected official. ( You might be able to if you watch “The British Baking Channel” )

Also, those in authority can be our boss at work, or someone on a board on which we serve, or the local police. Paul in his letter to Timothy did not say pray for just some in authority. His command is all inclusive.

Why are we supposed to pray for those in who are in authority?  That question is answered later in verse 2 when it says “so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity”. 

So let us be obedient to God’s command and pray for those in authority, so we may live in peace, quietness, godliness and dignity.         

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ALL LOVE IS NOT LOVE

I was impressed this morning as I read 1 Timothy 1 that I had been passing over some important parts of one of my favorite verses. Paul tells Timothy that the ’goal of his instruction was love’ (1 Tim 1:5).  What an awesome challenge!  To teach others in a way that they expressed love more frequently and more effectively!  But this morning I was struck by the fact that was not all Paul said in that verse!

The love Paul said was his target as he taught was informed by three things: a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. We can ‘love’ others with impure motives, to salve our own conscience somehow or in a way that is not in line with living to make Jesus known. Our love must be informed by right theology, a redeemed heart and pure motives.  Right theology does not love ungodly things. A redeemed heart sometimes has to say hard things that do not ‘feel’ loving. And pure motives demand the gospel is always at the center of our care and concern for others.

As you walk through your day and love others, ask yourself and the Lord whether your love is growing from the soil Paul had as his goal. Love others with pure motives, because of the love with which Jesus loved you and in a theologically informed manner.  Paul would be pleased! 

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