The Pure Heart

1 TIMOTHY 1:5-- Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

Jack was a bruiser, boozer, and womanizer. Then he met Jesus Christ. “Jack,” I asked him several years after he had received Christ, “what’s been the best thing about walking with Jesus?” 
    “I’m no longer afraid,” he answered.
I was stunned: A rough–chiseled guy like Jack afraid? 
    “I’m no longer afraid of phone calls, of being found out, afraid somebody will figure out what’s going on in my inner life, afraid of some husband confronting me about an affair with his wife.” 
I got the picture. 
    “When I came to faith in Christ and got my life cleaned up,” Jack continued, “fear left my life. That’s the most marvelous thing about following Christ.”

“Perfect love,” writes John, “casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Jack experienced the love of Christ, who purified his heart and cleansed it of fear.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Talk to God about your secret fears, and ask for growth in the pure love that makes no room for fear.

Physical Heart Focus

Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from setting and pursuing realistic dietary and exercise goals.