When Love Is Our Target

I’ve been trying to dive into the Word more the last few weeks. Not because I’m striving for spiritual superstar status, but because the crazier the seasons of motherhood become, the more I realize how much I desperately need God’s Word to refuel and replenish my aching senses.

So here’s what jumped off the page today:

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. – 1 Timothy 1:5

When I look at this impressive string of words, the one that stands out to me is not the obvious word of love, but rather aim. The goal. The direction we should be headed. The bullseye on which to fix our eyes upon.

The aim of our charge sounds more like a battle strategy than a motivational exhortation to me. A command coming directly from the commander himself. A directive encompassing mind, heart, and soul; without false pretense or hypocrisy.

And if love is our main goal, some of those agonizing details, the ones we labor and mull over, fall by the wayside. When we love. How we love. Why we love.

For when love is the foundation, our mothering, our marriages, our friendships, even how we live out our faith – it all begins to be filtered through this sieve of love.

Love becomes the fuel that keeps our mothering energies going.

Love becomes the tool in which we use to discipline and fine-tune the character development of our children.

Love becomes the template from which we model love for our families and our community.

We learn to love from the empty places. The overflowing places. Those uncomfortable parts of us that yearn to love and be loved.

We begin to see the world through a different set of lenses. Loving because He first loved us. Loving because He is love. Loving because we are commanded to do so.

No, we won’t do it perfectly, but love becomes the root of all we do. Our thoughts, our words, our actions – impacting the body as a whole. And in extension, affecting the larger Body, the church.

Love becomes the key ingredient to our muddled messy recipe for parenting. More crucial than listening to any parenting podcast. And more important than pouring over yet another parenting book.

This aim, this goal, becomes a day-to-day active reflection of the One who gave His one and only Son. For you. And me. To be that tie which binds us together and knits our hearts in a way nothing else can.

That we may leave a legacy of love. Because of love.

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So how about you? Do you have a favorite passage or section of Scripture that has recently come alive for you? If so, we would love to hear!

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Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.
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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family’s party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won’t go away.

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  1. What a “grippable” verse for the day! I’m taking this one and running with it today. Thank you for your thoughts on this Anne-Renee.

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