Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 5:1-8
If you are a follower of Christ, one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your love for Jesus is in how you treat other people. For most of us, though, we treat people differently depending on how well we know them. For example, we treat immediate family differently than we treat distant family, and we treat friends differently than we treat acquaintances. Perhaps the most striking differences occur between the groups furthest apart, so today I would like to look at the differences in how we treat immediate family versus acquaintances. To begin with, when we see immediate family we will likely greet them warmly, whereas we might not extend the same type of greeting to an acquaintance. With members of our immediate family, we will stand by them through thick and thin, but we may not do the same for an acquaintance. For family members we are probably more inclined to forgive than we are for acquaintances. There are many more ways in which we treat these groups differently, but the last one I will mention in is in terms of salvation. We are far more likely to talk to our family members about Jesus than we are to talk with an acquaintance about Him.
In today’s key passage, Paul is writing to Timothy and gives him some advice that really made me stop and think. Paul is talking about the body of Christ and the family of believers each of us are surrounded by in our lives. What if instead of treating people differently based on how well we knew them, we treated everyone as if they were immediate family members? What if we treated older men with the same level of respect we would show our fathers? What if we treated older women with the same level of love we would show our mothers? What if we cared for and protected younger people as if they were our sisters and our brothers? How much better would we treat people as a whole if we treated them the same way we would treat our immediate family? My prayer today is that as each of us go about our lives, we try to treat others the same way we would treat family members. Forgive others the way you would forgive family. Love others the way you would love family. Care for others the way you would care for family. When we treat others as family, recognizing that we are all children of the most high God, we will do a much better job in demonstrating the love of Christ to others, which is well worth the effort.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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