Keeping the Heart Pure
1 Timothy 5:17-22(NIV)
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.18 For Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The worker deserves his wages.’19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favouritism.
22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Timothy was a young evangelist who was given the charge by Paul to preach the word and spread the gospel of Jesus. He faced opposition from the false teachers as well as the Pharisees who were looked upon as unhappy, grumpy old men who wanted everybody to follow their rules to the letter. They were prejudiced and looked down upon those who were poor and those they classified as ‘sinners’. They lost sight of God’s plan of salvation through love because their hearts were hard and were no longer pure.
Timothy also had to deal with any elders who are in sin and to not show any favoritism towards anybody. He is able to do it because he had a pure heart. His heart was not corrupted and was warned to continue to keep it pure by staying close to God’s words. We are bombarded by so much of the corruption of the world, especially through media. It’s our decision to keep our hearts pure and soft by following the instructions that were given to Timothy.