Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Love... Is Pure
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.
1 Timothy 1:5-6 (NLT)
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
James 1:27 (NLT)
The word, pure, as applied to love, has taken two bad spins in recent decades:
1) Purity is old-fashioned; 2) Purity is judgmental.

Neither spin is true. Purity is ageless. It has nothing to do with judgment and everything to do with Jesus: the only sinless Man.

Pure love is unselfish love. It's not out to get, but to give.

The only Way we can approach pure love is through Jesus Himself: Love's Refiner.

Pure love is so powerful, we have to work our way up to a fully charged love-life. How?

1) Small acts of compassion and self-denial.
2) Refusing fake love and church hypocrisy.
3) Studying The Word of God as love's Rule Book.
4) Discipleship under the Master of Love.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Pure (Part 58)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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