1 Timothy 1:3-5
V 5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart from a good conscience, and from sincere faith
How easy it is for us to convince ourselves that our agendas are God’s. No one wants to be wrong or certainly to admit that we are. MacArthur says that our conscience is the “mind’s security system.” Our conscience tells us by using guilt, fear, shame, peace or joy if our actions are right or wrong. Yet, there is danger here if we are so convinced that we are not wrong; if what “we” want is so strong in our minds that it clouds everything else. MacArthur tells us that the “love” mentioned in this verse is one of self-denial for the benefit of others. In other words, what “we” want should never enter into our minds. Instead, we should be focused on others and what “they” want or need. In all things we should examine ourselves to see if we “are in the faith”, and in no other area is this more important that when we are convinced that we are right…because we might be wrong.