1 Timothy 5:7-8

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7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 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.

6 responses to “1 Timothy 5:7-8

  1. i dont really understand this..why does someone who doesnt provide for his relatives or immediate family worse than an unbeliever? is it because they arent putting forth an effort to put god in their relatives lives?

  2. How can kyou be worse than a nonbeliever by not providing for your family and relitives?

    It confuses me…

    Merry Christmas!=D

  3. This passage is speaking not only of the actual physical family of a person, but especially of those who are of the family of faith. It is our responsibility to care for those in our family, to help them out when they need help, in whatever way we can. So maybe you dont have a lot of disposable income, and you have family who have financial needs. You can give other things that enable them, such as child care so they can go get a second job, or fix meals for them and such. It is essential that we live out our faith before others in practical and useful ways. It does not give a good testimony when someone is truly struggling and we are able to help, and we just say “Hey, I’ll pray for you” and walk away. This is why we are doing this discipleship study, to teach not only knowledge about God, but practical ways to live out our faith.

  4. Living a life a faith means believing Gods word and living by His commands. God gave two great commands.

    1) Love God with all your heart
    2) Love your neighbor (and certainly family) like you love yourself

    To choose not to provide for your family either out of selfishness or laziness is to deny the faith that you claim to live by and you are worse than an unbeliever because you claim to have been changed by salvation.

  5. In 5:1 it talks about how we are to treat everyone as family. I like how Rick pointed out the two great commandments, it really puts this passage into perspective.

    Christ also says in Matthew 25:40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” How we treat others is a reflection of our relationship with Christ.

  6. Hey yall, sorry for the off day post, internet modem has been giving me issues at the house and time warner is a bit slow for the holidays…

    BUbbles, read Rick’s post and it gives you a great answer to your question….

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