“….you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.”
1 Timothy 3: 15
1 Timothy 5: 1-8
I’ve often heard folk use the phrase, “This job would be easy without people;” (I’ve sometimes echoed those words myself!). When we think of our families there is another phrase sometimes used, “We can pick our friends but not our families.” These phrases are often used in exasperation when there is a tricky situation in a relationship. Relationships are wonderful but also challenging and sometimes very difficult. The Church is no exception to this reality; in fact with the diversity of her members it can almost seem like a permanent challenge. Add to the mix of our fellowship the pressure that is rising due to the pandemic and relationships can really fray.
In this Chapter Paul turns his attention to such relationships; to the conduct of the household of God. Remember what we are reading is guidance to Timothy, the Pastor, so we need to reason from that instruction how relationships are meant to be. Here are some key lessons for us:
The love of God and His Gospel truth must be lived out within God’s household for its truth, power and love to be seen as real. Each generation has to work out the application of these instructions in their own context. We are the children of God in His household; how are our relationships going?
To Ponder: Which aspect challenges you most from this passage: correction; respect; purity; or care? What practical step do you need to take in a relationship that the Holy Spirit has put on your heart in relation to this truth?
Pray: Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed
that his disciples might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Praise: We, the Lord’s People
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