think about it.
Describe some of the ways we are to treat the different generations in our family (1 Timothy 6:1-8). What does this say about respect and honor? How does the Lord feel about those who don't look after their family (6:8)? How do the verses from Proverbs influence your words and actions towards your aging parents?
Paul is giving instruction to the Church concerning older people in 1 Timothy 5:1-8. But these words also give us guidance and instruction for our family and its members. These verses highlight the expectation from God that we respect, value and take care of those around us who are older, both within the Church body and within our families.
As I look around at things like television, online ads, magazines, the message that is so clear today is that youth (being young, looking young, acting young) is king. So Paul's words were good to read today. They gave me a shot of perspective regarding how we view and treat older people and even prompted me to do a little thinking about handling the process of getting older myself.
So what can we do to make sure our attitudes and actions are in line with what Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 5:1-8? And, is there someone older that you could be helping--either in your family or your church? Tami W.
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