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


Love must come from genuine faith.

and from sincere [unhypocritical] faith,

Faith here is mentioned for the third time in First Timothy. The word occurs 19 times in this epistle, showing its importance to the content of the book. Timothy’s love should be done in “sincere [genuine] faith.” This kind of faith bases its belief on sound doctrine and trusts it for life. This faith that manifests love is unhypocritical (Ro 12:9). That kind of faith has no pretense (2 Tim 1:5). False teachers had a phony faith; it pretended something it was not. Love is engendered by faith.


Genuine faith rests its belief on sound doctrine.


Many people in the church mask who they truly are. They operate on outward pretense, masking the reality of who and what they are. These people are inconsistent with their faith and belief system. The biblical standard is an unhypocritical faith, an authentic system of believing.