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A Devoted Life View video
1 Timothy 5:1 - 5:16
1. Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
2. older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
5. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
6. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7. Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8. If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9. No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
10. and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.
11. As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.
12. Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
14. So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.
15. Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16. If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.
Reflection
Devoted to Caring (5:1–4)
God¡¯s desire is for the church of Christ to be like a family and care for one another. This is why Paul instructs Timothy on how to treat other believers in the church. Timothy should be careful not to abuse his power but to treat other believers with respect, just as he would his own family. Paul also provides detailed instructions on how to care for widows. God¡¯s heart is for the weak and the vulnerable, and He calls His followers to reach out to such people and care for them as their own. He is therefore pleased when His children respect and care for widows who have no other family but the church.

Devoted Faith (5:5–16)
There are widows in the church who are poor and have no family to rely on and therefore cling to God in prayer and depend on Him alone. These women serve as an excellent example of pure and radical faith. But the widows who chase after worldly desires are spiritually dead. Paul criticizes the behavior of younger widows who have become lazy and are spreading gossip, thereby causing disunity in the body of Christ. He is also aware that younger widows may be tempted to break their vow of complete devotion to God and remarry. This is why Paul encourages younger widows to actively live out their faith in devotion to their families. Paul also commands the relatives of widows to take care of them so that the church can be available to help those who need it most.
Application
- How do you interact with other members of the church? Do your treat them like family, with care and respect?

- Take some time to reflect on your words and actions and make sure you are not saying or doing anything that could bring disunity to the body of Christ.
A Letter to God
One true God, may my dependence on You steady my devotion to follow You. I am prone to wander, Lord. Hold my heart and keep me on track to live a life of caring, trusting, and following You. In Jesus¡¯ name. Amen.