Christian Devotional – May 28, 2019

Honor others. Paul follws up his discussion on appealing to people with a reminder that we are to honor widows. Read 1 Timothy 5:3-4.

Honor widows who are widows indeed; but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
1 TIMOTHY 5:3‭-‬4 NASB

Paul is very clear. Family should take care of family first and foremost. If a woman has lost her husband, then her children should be responsible for caring for her needs and ensuring she is OK. However, if a woman doesn’t have any family to care for her, then the church should continue to honor her and take care of her.

We have a responsibility to take care of those who cannot care for themselves. Here, it specifically applies to widows, but other places throughout scripture we see orphans mentioned and other people who are less fortunate or unable to care for themselves. We are to treat people the way Jesus would treat them and He would treat them with love and compassion and care for them. Does that describe how we interact with others? When was the last time we honored someone by caring for their needs?

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