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January 23, 2015



1 Timothy 5:8


But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.





Paul cited a commonly recognized responsibility to encourage the relatives of widows to maintain them. Family members have a universally recognized duty to care for one another. In other words, to provide for his own household. Even unbelievers acknowledge this. If a Christian fails here, he or she behaves contrary to the teaching of their faith and is in this instance is worse than the typical unbeliever who helps his needy relations. Even as He hung on the cross, the Lord Jesus made provision for His mother’s care.

The Christian who falls below the best heathen standard of family affection is the more blameworthy, since he or she has, what the heathen has not, the supreme example of love in Jesus Christ. Jesus called His disciples to be willing to give up the pleasures of family life to follow Him, not the responsibilities of family life. The care of family members is one of our ministry responsibilities.


Memory Verse: James 1:26

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