How to treat other believers

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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