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Treat widows with respect!

Scripture reading for September 29th:  1st Timothy 5

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 5:3-5, 7-8  “Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.  But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.  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.  . . .Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.  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.”

God cares for hurting people and widows are mentioned often in God’s word as those who deserve attention from God’s people.  Widows who have family should be cared for by family members–children and grandchildren.  This pleases God and is His will and plan.  In fact, if you don’t care for widows (and orphans) in your own family, God considers you worse than an unbeliever!  But widows who have no one but the brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus are to receive aid from them.  God’s hands are found in the members of His body, the Church!  How the Church needs this instruction!

Observations for over-comers:  True religion is caring for widows and orphans!  Over-comers know and apply God’s instructions to their own family and God’s family!  “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'”  (Zechariah 7:9-10)

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