Moving on to Chapter 5 in 1Timothy

Moving on to chapter 5 – this has taken awhile to get through but getting there…. scripture by scripture. Here we move into Paul writing Timothy with advise about “Widows, Elders and Slaves”. He is giving Timothy a teaching on how the church should take care of and love people. These are not heaven or hell “rules” for the church!! These are principles that create a strong church and takes care of PEOPLE! OH how the church today could learn from this!! I will go through with my thoughts as I seek the Holy Spirit on these things….Here are the first 16 verses.

New Living Translation (NLT)

Advice about Widows, Elders, and Slaves

5 Never speak harshly to an older man,[a] but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.

Take care of[b] any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.

Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help. But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband.[c] 10 She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly?[d] Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?

11 The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 12 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge. 13 And if they are on the list, they will learn to be lazy and will spend their time gossiping from house to house, meddling in other people’s business and talking about things they shouldn’t. 14 So I advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against them. 15 For I am afraid that some of them have already gone astray and now follow Satan.

16 If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.

5 Never speak harshly to an older man,[a] but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.

This is such an important word here, Paul speaks in deep wisdom to a young Timothy. This is written on how to lead a church….but for us it’s not only for the ELDER’s and Deacons it’s for all of us, everyone that wears the badge of Jesus on their heart.

I can’t tell you how many people have said to me over the years that they left a church, a bible study, a fellowship because they were talked down to….talked down to by a pastor or leader in the church because they “knew it all” as if they have special insight from the heaven’s because of their title or something. It’s called PRIDE and there is NO room in the Kingdom for PRIDE!! We are to speak with respect and love to all people, tender and loving, guiding them along. Nobody will ever be won over through a prideful spirit. In the last chapter Paul just spoke about this…..(go back and study it)

Another issue here is in today’s world many do not know how to talk to a mother, or a father, brother or sister…..the family unit is all but destroyed in our world!! Drugs, alcohol, abuse, divorce, disrespect and the list goes on. In today’s world does a brother talk to his sister with “purity”? Mother and Father with great respect? So there is a problem when it comes to this issue, many do not have a clue! They (leaders, pastors, elders, deacons) come out of dysfunctional families and enter into leadership in the body of Christ……a set up for disaster. How do we fix this? overcome this? Understand this? How does our dysfunction change and become Christ like?

There is only one way — through the power of the Holy Spirit, as we read the Word, He can bring it to life, study and know what God says, desires, and expects….allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds, restore who we really are created to be! And MOST importantly REST IN HIM every minute of every day!! Our purpose of our life is all about HIM period. IF we have families, friends, co-workers etc……..our purpose is to be a LIGHT, shine for Jesus, he lives within us and any PRIDE, anything that is not of Him, any secrets, anything we try to hide and anything we try to fake will be exposed and it has GREAT effects on all those around you. So, dysfunctions, bad families, the horrible way you may have been brought up, the abuse you may have suffered, has no bearing on a child of the LIVING GOD who renews, restores and changes to the point of the Word saying “we are NEW CREATIONS through God.

I will continue this tomorrow or the next day…. enough for today…I am loving this!

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