From 1 Timothy 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, (I Timothy 1:5 NKJV)

The pillars of love. Three conditions are necessary to foster the kind and quality of love expected of us by God. These are fundamental to the life of love we have been created and then again reborn to live.

For starters, if thoughts and feelings can be compared to a white cloth, then this white cloth needs to be bleached clean for true love to be conceivable. True love is founded on righteous thinking and positive feelings. When you pray for someone who has been wicked to you out of a desire to hurt them back and a feeling of vengeance, and call it dangerous praying, well you are right about the danger of it; you are not walking in love.

The second condition is a properly functioning moral consciousness. True love is not scarce with the one who is capable of rightly judging the reputation of thoughts, words and actions in the sight of God.
To love well we must be clear about what is right. You can’t keep the car on the road if you can’t see the road.

Finally there is the issue of genuine and authentic faith. This is about making sure your words and actions are coming from what is in your heart, not a pretence. And that what is in your heart is the real thing, not a fake or worse empty. Don’t pretend to be Christian, be Christ. Don’t wear Christianity like a cloth, it should be the very fibre of your being. So much that taking away your faith is tantamount to taking away your life. Then you can truly love.

These are the pillars of real love.
In as much as the purpose of all our experiences as Christians is intended to lead to love or bear fruit of love, God is particular about this love. Don’t act the part, be the thing.

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