1 Timothy 5:1-3, 5, 8, 24-25
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need… The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help… If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever… The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.

In the days when Paul wrote this letter to Timothy advising him on how to be a better pastor the elderly, the children, the youth and the widows were treated with less respect than adult men. Widows were the outcast in society and people lived only considering themselves and their desires, not those of their families and people around them. Times have changed and people regardless of age, sex or situation in life are now considered equal in most parts of the progressive world. In these days, what is the need for God to remind us of something as basic as this? Do we not love and respect everyone around us and give charity to organizations that support the poor, homeless, suffering, etc? Is there more that we need to do? We do not have the time, resources or energy to do more than we already are, right?

What Paul suggested to Timothy was a culture change and showed the heart of God. The Church is less an organization and more the representation of God’s love. It is not a corporate body or a physical structure, rather it is a group of sinful and helpless people brought together by the love of God, saved by the grace of God, for the purpose of giving God the glory and supporting and upholding each other in the process. The church is not a body that represents the world and it’s sinfulness but is a representation of God and his forgiving nature and is an oasis of hope to the world. Do we consider anyone less deserving of our love and if so, is that what God would desire of us? Are there any in our families who need caring and we have failed to notice because we are caught up in the busy-ness of our lives? Are we living outwardly as christians but inwardly lost and therefore trashing our testimony of God’s grace in our lives? Lets take the plank out of our eyes before we point at the dirt in others lives.

In His Loving Service,

Proverbs 10:9 He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

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  1. Dr.Priya Rajan says:

    Thanks brother Viny….

    See the Word o God is true and He cares for every soul, we may forget him at times, but He through his grace, brings us back to him. Tumbling at every step, we lead our lives, yet we have strong support and that is our Savior, there is no one else in this world who can equal him in wisdom and strength.

    I was just leaning back really feeling a bit depressed thinking of something personal, did not want to mark a ‘like’ on the fb status too, cause my other friends may think that i ignored them. For me the Word of God and his LOVE is the only strength. He cares so much that He sent this message through you a messenger of God. The Holy Spirit understands our pains, and the deep feelings of our heart for we all were born out of Sin and nay not one is holy to stand in front of Almighty.
    Your message helped me and strengthened me in my faith, i was so happy the other day when George has written if your posts can give peace, or make a single soul closer to God then the purpose of your life is solved.
    This post brings tears in my eyes, people in this world can never understand our thoughts but God is so caring and full of mercy.
    I will only Praise God for all your messages. Keep writing that your posts help me face my life with more courage.
    don’t have time to comment on all my other friends, hence have not clicked the ‘Like’ sign now, will do it… later..
    Take care and my love to Ur family and lots of love.god bless.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Priya
      First off, please don’t feel bad about clicking or not clicking ‘like’ on FB on my posts. The purpose I put out Bible verses there are so that People will be curious to know what this source of wisdom is and will hopefully be led to the gospel. The Bible reminds us that God’s word when given out never returns empty and so in that I rest. As far as the message and how appropriate it was to your situation, I know exactly what you mean. I’ve been there and continue to be there and God often uses people to build me up but the single point where most of my refreshing comes from is the word of God which and I would gladly direct the world to. Thank you for being such an encourager and you cannot imagine how wonderfully God is using you to build His kingdom by encouraging many of us Christian bloggers.

  2. Thanks, Vineet, for showing us what real church is like . . .of needy, hurting, sinful people who all need Jesus and each other. I find that rather comforting and welcoming! God bless you and yours as you shine for Him! deb

  3. Vineet, The Church “is a group of sinful and helpless people brought together by the love of God, saved by the grace of God, for the purpose of giving God the glory and supporting and upholding each other in the process.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better definition of Christ’s Church! Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you. I wish I could pat myself on the back for those words but as always, all glory goes to God for the wisdom and words are His. Thank you for being such an encourager to me and for keeping me in prayer. I have to say that your profile picture brings cheer to anyone who sees it 🙂

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