Father, thank You for the family of faith. Help us to live as family and to honor You.
1 Timothy 5:1-16
How can you care for the needs of your spiritual family?
Paul tells Timothy to focus on individuals, treating them differently according to their age and sex, and with a good understanding of their real needs. Respect for all is key (3,17; 6:1); leaders should not look down on anyone. "It's as if you're all members of the same family," says Paul, "as in fact you are." For instance, to different people Timothy is to be like a son and a brother (1).
When trouble comes, the family needs to stick together. That's also Paul's advice to Timothy about widows and their immediate families. They should help themselves and one another as much as they can before looking to the church to bail them out (4,5,8,10,16).
And when opportunities come to serve God in new ways, the women Paul has in mind (9-16)--just like everyone else in the church--should be respected and act as good role models in the way they live. They also need to be totally committed to the role, not distracted for one reason or another (11,13).
Ask God to raise up strong leaders and role models in your church, even among those others might look down on.
Prince of Peace, You alone are my peace. You have paid the price for all my sin and have given me hope.
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