God wants me to take COMPASSION seriously.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FROM I TIMOTHY 5:
- Respect your elders. I Timothy 5:1-2
- Treat people in your church like family. I Timothy 5:1-2
- All widows need to be cared for, but the party responsible is not always the same. I Timothy 5:3-16
- Whenever possible, families should care for their own.
- Younger widows should find a way to serve and be productive.
- When a widow is really in need, God calls on his church to help.
Back then, what made a widow qualified for comprehensive help from the church?
- She must be over 60.
- She has been faithful to her husband.
- She is known for her good deeds.
A wise welfare policy for today:
- Are they able to take care of themselves?
- Do they have family members who could care for them?
- Are there any other solutions to their need? Pursue them
- If there are no other means of help, the church should step in and help as they are able.
Let’s care for people in need the way we hope to be cared for
when we’re the ones in need!
My NEXT STEP with God this week is to...
- ...consider, “Am I caring for the needy people in my life as I will want to be cared for when my turn comes?” (Invite God to increase my compassion and show me where it’s needed this week.)
- ...ask God, “How can I increase the sense of ‘family’ in my church?”
- ...have a conversation with an aging relative about their long-term care
- ...share this sermon with a family member who I hope will take care of me when I’m older.