1 Timothy 5:1-16
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
Honour widows that are widows indeed.
But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
For some are already turned aside after Satan.
If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
Caring for Family
As your parents get older, whose responsibility will it be to care for them? The answer is found in today’s reading, and it might surprise you. Paul, in today’s reading, gives Timothy some very clear instruction regarding specific groups of people. He explains to Timothy that he, as a pastor, is to instruct family members to take care of their mother if she becomes widowed. Her children and grandchildren have the responsibility to care for their mother/grandmother if she has lost her husband. The reason for this responsibility is found in verse four. It is a way of repaying her for the care she gave to her children while they were growing up. Paul makes it clear that when we leave home we do not leave the responsibilities for our parents behind. As our parents grow older, it becomes our responsibility to care for them as it was theirs to care for us when we were unable to care for ourselves. To neglect this responsibility is to disobey God’s clearly stated command. As you grow older, do not forget God’s expectations when the time comes to care for your parents. Acknowledge the sacrifices they made and the times they were inconvenienced for you while under their care.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?