1 Timothy 5* Directions as to the elder and younger men and women. (1,2)And as to poor widows. (3-8) Concerning widows. (9-16) Therespect to be paid to elders. Timothy is to take care inrebuking offenders, in ordaining ministers, and as to his ownhealth. (17-25)1,2 Respect must be paid to the dignity of years and place. Theyounger, if faulty, must be rebuked, not as desirous to findfault with them, but as willing to make the best of them. Thereis need of much meekness and care in reproving those who deservereproof. 3-8 Honour widows that are widows indeed, relieve them, andmaintain them. It is the duty of children, if their parents arein need, and they are able to relieve them, to do it to theutmost of their power. Widowhood is a desolate state; but letwidows trust in the Lord, and continue in prayer. All who livein pleasure, are dead while they live, spiritually dead, dead intrespasses and sins. Alas, what numbers there are of thisdescription among nominal Christians, even to the latest periodof life! If any men or women do not maintain their poorrelations, they in effect deny the faith. If they spend upontheir lusts and pleasures, what should maintain their families,they have denied the faith, and are worse than infidels. Ifprofessors of the gospel give way to any corrupt principle orconduct, they are worse than those who do not profess to believethe doctrines of grace. 9-16 Every one brought into any office in the church, should befree from just censure; and many are proper objects of charity,yet ought not to be employed in public services. Those who wouldfind mercy when they are in distress, must show mercy when theyare in prosperity; and those who show most readiness for everygood work, are most likely to be faithful in whatever is trustedto them. Those who are idle, very seldom are only idle, theymake mischief among neighbours, and sow discord among brethren.All believers are required to relieve those belonging to theirfamilies who are destitute, that the church may not be preventedfrom relieving such as are entirely destitute and friendless. 17-25 Care must be taken that ministers are maintained. Andthose who are laborious in this work are worthy of double honourand esteem. It is their just due, as much as the reward of thelabourer. The apostle charges Timothy solemnly to guard againstpartiality. We have great need to watch at all times, that we donot partake of other men's sins. Keep thyself pure, not onlyfrom doing the like thyself, but from countenancing it, or anyway helping to it in others. The apostle also charges Timothy totake care of his health. As we are not to make our bodiesmasters, so neither slaves; but to use them so that they may bemost helpful to us in the service of God. There are secret, andthere are open sins: some men's sins are open before-hand, andgoing before unto judgment; some they follow after. God willbring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make known thecounsels of all hearts. Looking forward to the judgment-day, letus all attend to our proper offices, whether in higher or lowerstations, studying that the name and doctrine of God may neverbe blasphemed on our account.
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