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1 Timothy 5:1-16
1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 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. 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. 7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and 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. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If 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.
Reflection & Application
1 Timothy 5:1-2
- How did Apostle Paul instruct Timothy to relate with the members of the church? What does it mean to conduct myself “in all purity” with respect to my relationships in the body of Christ?
1 Timothy 5:3
- What does this verse reveal about the heart of God toward the weak and helpless?
- Who are those around me in need? What steps can I take to become more aware of the needs around me and meet them?
1 Timothy 5:11
- What are the desires of my heart/life that weaken my dedication to Christ?
1 Timothy 5:13
- In this verse, idleness is tied together, ironically, with a flurry of activities. What types of activities does idleness lead to in my life? What are the common characteristics of these activities?