Here are a few more verses, I really don’t think they need much explaining………pretty plain on what he is writing. It boils down to either we are going to live these out or not.
9 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?
Paul puts some restrictions on who is qualified for support and who is not – this is tough stuff in the today’s church! People make mistakes, Lord know I have made more than most…….but there is a HUGE difference from one who lives carelessly and one who is remorseful, repentant, and humble. In the world and certainly in the church there are “givers and takers” and as I see this Paul is saying when a giver becomes old and needs help we are to become “givers” to take care of them. We know in reality who is who, what a person is. The world and I believe the enemy plays a big role trying to bring guilt to the church, leaders, and even families when it comes to things like this.
IF one lives a life of purity, giving, loving, taking care of others, holiness, Christlikeness etc…. when we grow old we will reap the rewards. NOT THAT WE LIVE that way just to reap a reward……..it’s just a principle that takes place.
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.
No need to even dig into this………so deep and so true!!!
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.
And again here — the responsibility always falls on family first — then the church — this in reality would change our world so much if we lived it out.