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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:22 AM
Subject: good soil
1 Timothy 1:5 "The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."
My wife, who loves flowers and plants, has shown me that sometimes you have to "amend" the soil in a garden with richer dirt and when we plant a bush we make sure to put some of the potting soil or richer ground around the root ball. The apostle Paul seems to be describing something like this for people. He tells Timothy that the beautiful plant he wants to bloom is "love" and we understand love to be unselfish actions toward others. But to get love to spring from people you need rich soil that has a balance of three key ingredients: "a pure heart"...the center of a person that has been washed in forgiveness and seeks to remain clean; "a good conscience"...a track record that doesn't include unconfessed sin; "a sincere faith"...one who is trusting in God daily for himself and the needs of others. I think this is a great verse to memorize because it reminds us of the three things we can check in our own personal soil condition. Do we see loving action coming from our lives? Perhaps we need to amend the soil.