Father, You are watching over Your church. Your love rests on me and on my church family. That love does not fail.
1 Timothy 1:1-11
Do you support your leaders?
Let's start where Paul does (1,2). We'll picture our overall church leaders and pray for them, using the second half of verse 2. God wants them to experience his extraordinary, undeserved kindness ("grace"), his readiness to forgive and save ("mercy"), and the intimate relationship they can enjoy with him ("peace"), thanks to all Jesus has done. In their tough jobs, they and Timothy will need as much of all this as they can get!
Then it's straight in at the deep end. Weighing heavily on Paul's heart is the need of the church in Ephesus to hear and live out the absolute truth of the original Gospel message and not to tolerate new twists on it (3,4). Myths about Jewish history and about God's requirements for the way Christians should live would just cause fights in a congregation. Instead, true Gospel teaching would grow love (5) and confront immorality (the ignoring of God's standards, 9-11).
Already this is a pretty tough call for church leaders today as they teach their congregations and watch out for anything that's not in line with the Bible, and especially with Jesus' teaching.
Pray for your leaders: for wisdom, integrity, courage, and boldness, and that they would know God's love for them.
King of Glory, You are the one I look to, I long for, and I wait upon. My whole life is Yours.
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