Bible Study & Devotional 293
Guiding Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:8 ‘Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, especially for their household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ‘
written by: Torrie Slaughter
I must admit the godly instructions Paul gave Timothy addressed many interpersonal responsibilities, which are tremendous. Imagine having a supportive, faithful servant who willingly educates others through encouragement and truth?! Wow- to have an objective view of the world through God’s eyes and joyfully encourage others to think about eternal things is a love application.
While Timothy was resolving the difficulties in the Ephesian church, the Apostle Paul gave qualifications to address the different age groups. Elders, widows, ministers, youth, and family. By having a systematic approach, Paul empowered Timothy to carry out sound Biblical teaching with wisdom.
How can we use these divine instructions to govern various aspects of our lives?
Let’s break down 1 Timothy 5:1-25.
- 1 Timothy 5:1-2 reminds us that we are to treat everyone with respect. Paul makes it personal by creating family references. That sets a tone for correcting those who are younger or older. It isn’t easy to tell an elder they have strayed from the truth, and Paul gives us a beautiful, applicable design.
- 1 Timothy 5:3-16 digs deeper into the financial responsibility of the church versus the immediate family. Sometimes we want to swoop in and save the day, but Paul’s warnings help us think more extensively. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece” (Proverbs 16:27 TLB)
God knows the heart of humans; we can give in to temptation when we don’t focus on His plan for our lives. Paul reminds us not to blur the vision for our brothers and sisters.
- Finally, 1 Timothy 5:17-25 instructs us about accusations, health, and praying before appointing others to work alongside us. Great care and consideration are a must to remain disciplined for Christ. While we are under God’s grace, it does not absolve us of our responsibilities. I pray we think about our conduct and the influence we have over those entrusted to us.
C.H. Spurgeon wrote, “If your theology doesn’t change your behavior, it will never change your destiny.”
Prayer: Psalm 89:14-15 declares that righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; love and faithfulness go before You. Sovereign Lord, we are blessed to praise You and walk in the light of Your presence Abba Father. Amen
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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.