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12/6 – 12/7, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Timothy 5 (ESV)

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.....Continue Reading

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  1. 10and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work

    25So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

  2. 1 Timothy 5:5-6 (ESV)
    5  She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6  but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

    Wow! While Paul directs this charge toward widows, the principle applies to all believers. God did not save me for a self-indulgent lifestyle. He saves us to care for each other.
    Paul shows that this principle applies to all in giving the charge to care for the truly needy and the charge for caring for members of your own household (1 Tim 5:3, 8).

  3. Human relationships are such an essential part of life and of the church. It is so good that Paul gives Timothy direction how to handle certain groups in the church. There is no more basic differentiation between us than gender and age. And so Paul capitalizes on family relationships to give guidance how to treat people according to age and gender. He then goes into instruction on helping the poor and more specifically widows. It provides good principles though for all those in financial need. First we are to asses whether they are really in need. Are their others who should be helping other than us or the church? Another aspect can be what decisions have people made that have put them in that circumstance and not completely freeing them for the responsibility each of us has to take care of ourselves. The second thing to consider is what kind of person have they been and are, as well as what effect our help will have on their lives. Will it reenforce further bad decisions or foster good ones? These are very important things to consider as we think of helping and things I assess as people call the church for help.

    The next group Paul deals with is elders or leaders in the church. They should be respected and Timothy is to use proper discernment in choosing right ones. Don’t be hasty in decisions to promote someone to leadership and then learn latter that sins unfold that show it was a poor decision.

  4. Primary responsibility for care of widows – a believing woman relative…

    16If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

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