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God¡¯s Church, God¡¯s Way View video
1 Timothy 5:17 - 5:25
17. The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
18. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."
19. Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20. Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
22. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
23. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
24. The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
25. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.
Reflection
A Passion for Purity (5:17–22)
As Paul writes to his protégé Timothy, he imparts some valuable teaching regarding leadership within the church. In particular, church leaders (elders) are to be appropriately compensated as they devote their energy and time to preaching and teaching. For the same reason, the elders are to be held to a high standard; they are to be scrutinized closely but fairly. Having said all this, however, Paul¡¯s concluding words to Timothy in this section are most telling: ¡°Keep yourself pure¡± (v. 22). At the end of the day, what we ought to focus on is not our leaders¡¯ behavior (as crucial as that is) but the purity of our own hearts and where we stand before God, the ultimate Judge. We are to honor our leaders and hold them accountable for their actions, but we must remember that we are all accountable to God.

Perfect Justice (5:23–25)
Do you ever wonder if the truth really will prevail? Sometimes it seems like evil deeds that should be exposed remain hidden for far too long from far too many people. At other times, the good deeds of some seem to go completely unrecognized. But these verses remind us that it is not the power of truth or the passing of time but the sovereignty of God that ultimately exposes good and evil. It is God who knows all things, and His perfect justice will bring all things to light on that final day. There is no need for anxious fretting—God promises that His all-knowing, all-exposing glory will prevail.
Application
- Do you have a begrudging heart toward those who teach you from God¡¯s Word? Pray for a heart of generosity and repentance as you seek your own purity before God and others.

- Have you ever been consumed by the need to police others and mete out justice or recognition? Trust that God will do it perfectly in His time.
A Letter to God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net)
People Name: Kabixi
Country: Brazil
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions


The Nations Brazil has confirmed that more than 2,000 children have been born with microcephaly since the beginning of 2016. Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby¡¯s head is significantly smaller than average, and is commonly associated with the Zika virus. In May 2015, Zika was detected in Brazil and began to spread rapidly through transmission by mosquitoes. Pray for God¡¯s mercy and healing over all those suffering from the Zika virus and for a vaccine to be developed soon.