The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart1 and a good conscience2 and a sincere faith.36
Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.
They want to be teachers4 of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.58
We know that the law is good6 if one uses it properly.
We also know that lawa is made not for the righteous7 but for lawbreakers and rebels,8 the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,
for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine911
that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.10
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength,11 that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.1213
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor13 and a violent man, I was shown mercy14 because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.1514
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,16 along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.1715
Here is a trustworthy saying18 that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners19--of whom I am the worst.