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1 Timothy 5:17-25
17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.
Reflection & Application
1 Timothy 5:17-19
- Why does Apostle Paul encourage the church to honor the faithful church elders? (cf. Hebrews 13:7, 17)
1 Timothy 5:20
- How does this verse demonstrate the kind of seriousness God has towards sin, especially in the leadership?
- Who are the younger ones who look to me for guidance? What does that mean regarding the seriousness of my sins?
1 Timothy 5:24-25
- We have sins that are evident and sins that are secret (“appear later” to finally catch up); however, nothing is hidden from God’s sight. What are the hidden sins I need to confess today?
- How does the fact that God recognizes all my good deeds, done in public and secret, encourage me to faithfully serve him? (cf. 1 Cor 15:58)