While walking the other morning, the phrase sincere faith popped into my mind. "Is that from the Bible?" I inquired of my walking partner. The reply, "I assume if anyone has faith it is sincere."
The conversation ended, but arriving back home the words were still with me.
Searching the Bible I was encouraged by the words I found and then led to a powerful lesson by John Piper on Faith in God's Grace.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in your also. 2 Timothy 1:5
First deduction…A sincere faith can be passed on to future generations.
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 (NIV)
The whole point of what we're urging is simply love-love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.
1 Timothy 1:5 (MSG)
Second deduction…A sincere faith isn't self serving, it exudes love and delights in God's grace.
John Piper writes in reference to this passage:
"Faith in God's grace expels from the heart the sinful powers that hinder love."
It is exciting how God can give us a simple thought, such as the words sincere faith, and lead us to a place to learn a great lesson. The remainder of Piper's article is below.