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August 1

1 Timothy 1, 3–7

Something to read

I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine, and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith. But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.
New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version click here.

Something to think about

While Paul was trying to contain the varieties of Christian teaching, it may be argued that we are well past that point. In a world of divided churches, it is very easy to speculate over who has the correct doctrine. We get caught up in controversies over whether this story means this or that. We argue over which is the most true church and over who is the better Christian.

I am the first person to be criticising the faith of others. I often don’t like the conclusions other Christians come to about passages of the Bible, for example. Indeed, I have found it easier to talk to people of other faiths than those within my own.

Yet over the years I am (slowly) learning that they are just as earnest, if not more, in seeking the truth as me. If I apply Paul’s words and look at the hearts, conscience and sincerity of faith, I cannot dismiss these people as easily as I used to.

Something to do

Look at some of the theology behind Christian Aid’s work. How might people from different ends of the spectrum of faith work together with this?

Something to pray

God of Wisdom, remind me that my understanding of you and the world is so small. Let me see the faith and truth in others before I judge.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.

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