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5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and fromsincere faith,


This verse shows how love works itself out in three manifestations.

-a pure heart

good conscience

sincere faith

5 Now the purpose [aim] of the commandment [charge] is love

Paul qualified his “commandment” to Timothy when he confronted false teachers to do it with “love.” The purpose of biblical truth was to point to “love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and genuine faith.” Love marks the person as a believer (Jn 13:34-35; 1 Jn 4:7-8).

Agape love is one-way love; it does not require a response from another person to love them. It originates in the will and is self-sacrificial because it is directed toward another person with no strings attached. This kind of love is not sentimental but a rugged commitment to do what is right for the other person.

from a pure heart,

Love comes from three sources:

1) a pure heart,

2) good conscience,

3) sincere faith).

The “heart” is the seat of mind, emotions, and will; it is the control center for all three. A “pure” heart is free from what is false.


 God wants a pure heart rather than a putrefied one.


After repenting of his adultery with Bathsheba, David prayed for a clean heart (Psalm 51:10). A person cannot truly love with an unconfessed stained heart.