1 Timothy 5:1-8
Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Advice About Widows, Elders and Slaves
1Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. 8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever
Treat your church family as if it were your physical family. We can all profit and learn to treat each other better if we adopt this philosophy. If we look at women of the church as mothers or sisters, then we would be more apt to treat them with dignity and respect.
Remember that when Paul was writing this there was no social security or pension plan. Paul thought that families should take care of other family members, so church families should take care of the widows and orphans of the church, especially since no one else was. Not reaching out to those in need was a denying of faith in God.
How does this translate in today’s society. Even if our church family has other resources to fall on now, either the government or private funds, they still need the members of their church family for emotional, spiritual and mental support. That is why we need to be ready in all these ways.
Prayer- Lord, Help me be of help to my church family, because they will help me when I am in need. Go-Fight-Win. Amen