A Sincere Faith

A Sincere Faith

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In I Timothy 1:3-5, the writer speaks of “certain people” who tried to distort the faith, by citing myths, genealogies, and controversial speculations, instead of advancing God’s work, which is by faith. “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 

I was visiting my daughter’s Mom to Mom class in Texas recently and the teacher asked the group what sincerity meant to them. Predictably, the responses included “honesty” and “truth” and “without hypocrisy.” Every one of them was right. When all the talking died down I asked if I could add something.

In ancient days, or so the story goes, potters and merchants would try to sell their wares, but sometimes accidents would happen and there would be chips, or scratches. Instead of scrapping their product, they would fill in the imperfections with a wax the same color as the pottery and pass them off to their customers at the same price as the perfect pieces.

If they containers were used for cold water, there might not be a problem, but if the item was filled with hot water or sat in the sun, the wax would melt and the customer would realize he had been duped.

So some merchants began stamping their perfect products “sin cera” which meant “without wax.” When a buyer saw that, they were confident that they were getting the real goods.

There is some controversy about the origin of “sincere,” because some etymologists believe the word came from two words meaning “a pure sound.” As a life-long musician, I can accept either origin, because I love to hear a pure sound from one of my students or from a performer. Either way, having a sincere faith means that we live our lives with a pure trust in God and in His Word. Because God is sincere in His dealings with us, we need to be sincere in return. Even though we sin sometimes, we can trust Him to forgive our sins and help us to grow in our faith. See Hebrews 10:21-24.

Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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