Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 168/260: Read 1 Timothy 5

Family takes care of family. Yes, that’s an old-school way of thinking, but it’s also Biblical. We treat each other with respect, and we help each other when needed.

The church is a family, and just like a group of people who are related by blood take care of each other, those in the church who are related by Christ’s blood must take care of each other.

Paul tells Timothy, “Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.” Family takes care of family.

When it comes to aged parents, Paul says their children should step up and offer any assistance that is needed. “But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.” Jesus condemned those who refused to care for their parents (Mark 7:9-13), and here Paul says, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Family takes care of family.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

2 Timothy 1:13. Hold fast the ___________ of sound words which you have heard from me, in ___________ and love which are in Christ Jesus.


Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for your family and for the time you have to spend with them, and look for opportunities to care for them.

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