1 Timothy 5
(1-25) Instructions for the Church
In this chapter, Paul lays out instructions for how different people in the church should act and be treated. Older and younger men and older and younger women should all be encouraged as if they were family members.
Older widows who are truly left alone, should set their hope on God and continue in constant prayer to Him. They should be taken care of by fellow believers. Younger widows who are able to work are encouraged to do so, so they will not have time to waste in being idlers and gossips and busybodies, going about to other people’s houses instead of managing their own. One way in which Christians show their faith is by taking care of their own. Family members and friends should not go without when relatives have more than enough to provide for them all.
Elders who rule well are to be honored. Those who persist in sin are to be rebuked in front of all, so that others will not engage in that same sin. Christians must keep themselves pure and not become tainted by the sins of others.
Favorite verse: (5) She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.