1 Timothy 5: The Proper Balance In Relationships

1 Timothy 5 is about keeping a proper balance in church relationships. It gives insight to women and elders on how they should behave. But it also states how they should be treated and provided for.

A lot of this is just good common sense, but it’s also a great thing to have it written down, as some people won’t be able to take a hint.

Sometimes I find human nature funny, but I’m glad Paul wrote letters, and 1 Timothy 5 is part of one that contains common sense, and spiritual truth.

What Does 1 Timothy 5 Say?

Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 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. 

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. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5: 1-8
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1 Timothy 5 Helping Widows Is The Role Of The Family Before The Church

Here Paul states that the family should be first to help widows and other family members. He even goes as far as to say you’ve denied your faith when you don’t take care of family members. This means it’s your duty to help others in your family. Now that doesn’t mean to keep throwing money at them, it means you should help them through whatever needs they may have and need.

It should be said while helping people is admirable, If your help is hindering them, maybe you should help in another way.

For example, say a family member is an alcoholic, and every time you give them money. They buy liquor with it. I’d suggest you stop giving them money, and if they’re hungry give them food to eat.

I’ve done the same thing in the past for a family member or two. But whatever you do, make sure it’s done with love so they see Christ at work in your life.

1 Timothy 5: A Criteria for Helping Widows In The Church

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 Lord’s people, 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 busybodies who talk nonsense, 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 care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

1 Timothy 5: 9-16
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1 Timothy 5: The Dangers Of Having Lots Of Idle Time:

I like the rules Paul put forth when speaking with Timothy in this book. And his reasoning makes a few good points too.

The issue with Idle time is that people can let their minds wander. It’s one of the reasons we live in a Netflix generation. In the past, people worked from sun up to sun down just to get the minimum amount of calories for survival.

This hasn’t changed in some parts of the world but in America, it’s gotten a little out of hand.

Being idle is something God has been convicting me of lately. I’ve got a lot of time on my hands and I’ve gotten myself into some bad thought processes. These thoughts will steal my Joy and keep me from enjoying life and sharing Jesus with others.

Having nothing to do is a detriment to your mind. While some days it’s good to shut down and relax, that shouldn’t be our default position. Instead, we need to rise up and do something.

To combat this, I’ve started to create lists. On these lists, I write anything I want/need to do, and check them off as I go. While I hate organizing things, this one step gives me minimal structure so I can keep moving my life forward.

It works for me, figure out what works for you.

1 Timothy 5: Church Elders & Final Advice

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 Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”[a] and “The worker deserves his wages.”[b] 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 

20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, 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 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 obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

1 Timothy 5:17-25
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1 Timothy 5 Lessons For The Church Elders

Elders deserve respect and their pay, but when they do wrong there need to be multiple witnesses to substantiate any claims.

This protects the elders and the church from fraudulent claims, and I think it goes without saying that these claims should be made before the church. Otherwise, they’re a form of gossip and Paul talks about being a busybody in 1 Timothy 5:12-13

Everything should be done decently and in order. That is one of the things that Paul always goes back to, and he stresses a lot.

This reduces confusion and keeps the Spirit flowing. When you cause confusion, stress rises and people can’t operate in the spirit or hear God as well.

I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it does make things more difficult.

All of these items to me are just common sense. They keep things decent, and in order. 1 Timothy 5 isn’t devoid of spiritual teaching, but it has a lot of practical leadership skills.

However, if these things fail, the entire community fails, and I think that’s the point.

Hey Everyone Thank You So Much For Reading My Latest Post On 1 Timothy 5. Don’t Forget To Go Back And Read 1 Timothy 4 If You Missed It. Have A Great Day!

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