1 Timothy 1:1-8 MSG

1 I, Paul, am an apostle on special assignment for Christ, our living hope. Under God our Savior's command,
2 I'm writing this to you, Timothy, my son in the faith. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!
3 On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I haven't changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on track.
4 Apparently some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience.
5 The whole point of what we're urging is simply love - love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.
6 Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip.
7 They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven't the remotest idea of what they're holding forth with such imposing eloquence.
8 It's true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say.