Timothy’s mission: to remain and be “in charge” of the Church of Ephesus
Charge: to instruct, command, warn, admonish
That which we devote our time with when we are with believers, we must ask ourselves, what does it promote? Does it promote speculations or vain discussions? Or does it promote love?
Love is a natural byproduct – of a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. We have to check ourselves.
Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV)