2 Tim 1.5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
What does it mean to have an unfeigned faith? It means to have a faith that is sincere and honest, a pure of mixture of motives or desires. It means to have a faith in Jesus that is not just an outward display of godliness, rotten on the inside.
When James writes about the wisdom that comes from God, He describes as being first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Thus, an unfeigned faith is pure and without hypocrisy. It means what it says, and its actions stem from a pure motive. It is not hiding a self-driven, secret agenda beneath the disguise of devotion to Christ.
Peter describes the fruit of new birth this way. He says that “ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Again purity and unfeigned or sincere love. Not a duty love or an obligation of love. But a love that comes from the love of God planted within. When Paul’s apostleship was challenged, he defends his ministry by saying that is life was an open expression of pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.
Let us never forget that the fruit of the new birth is not the ability to rattle off bible verses or heartless busyness in church activities. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.