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1 Timothy

Aug 01, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Be a Church Family of Love and Respect

Be a Church Family of Love and Respect
1 Timothy 5:1-2

Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33 ESV)

Paul describes the church as a family, instructing us to treat one another with love and respect in the same manner as we should with our fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters.

Sinful and errant issues need to be corrected because they destroy people and their faith and fracture the church’s unity and witness. Likewise, false teaching and belief devastate people and misaligns the church.

If left unaddressed, false beliefs and practices will sweep through the church. That is why the church needs to address such wrongs within the membership and do it correctly. 

1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV)

Think of older men as fathers.

MeadowBrook shows honor and respect for our elder membership. We appreciate our senior adult men for their invaluable wisdom, experience, and maturity, which profoundly benefit our congregation.  It is no wonder that the Bible instructs the church to think of you and treat you as our fathers. Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father. (verse 1)

Think of young men as brothers.

When confronting younger men with error and sin, we should treat them as brothers. This is a common theme in the Bible.  See 1 Peter 2:17, Romans 12:10, and Hebrews 13:1

How to lovingly confront sin:

14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 ESV)

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17 ESV)

Think of older women as moms.

MeadowBrook’s older women are beautiful gifts to our faith family. These women bless us and stir us to more remarkable ministry and mission expansion. They are easy to love and a pleasure to serve alongside.

The Bible instructs us to lovingly care for these women, especially those who are without family.

The Spirit instructs older women: 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (Titus 2:3-5 ESV)

Think of younger women with purity as sisters.

Church pastors, leaders, and members should treat younger women as sisters in all purity.  We must protect their purity, and think and act toward them with the purity of a holy heart.

God mandates that we keep ourselves sexually pure, and in this passage, he demands that we protect the purity of others.

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