Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
Over the next few days we will look at Paul’s instructions for how the church is to act. Today’s two verses we see Paul telling Timothy how Christians should treat each other.
We are to treat older believers, men and women; with the same respect we are to treat our fathers and mothers. This is not just a “be nice” to them because they are old command. We are to seek their guidance, take advantage of their wisdom. We should obey them as we obey our parents. They should be treated with respect
With those our own age or younger we need to treat them as we would our brothers and sisters. We are to treat them as family not as outsiders. This was an especially unusual command as it related to women. Rather than treat women as property they were to be treated with the same respect and honor one treated his own sister
Today in the church we need to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ not as objects to be won but as the precious people they are in God’s sight. Men, we should not leer or make crude jokes around the women in the church. Women, you should not try to entice the men in the church. From what I have seen, when young men and women treat each other with the respect they deserve and try to become friends, God will put together those He wants together.
If we treat each other as family rather than a group of strangers who happen to get together a few hours once a week then unbeliever will see what we have and want it for their selves.
Have a blessed day,