1 Timothy 5:8

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5:8

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This is a hard-hitting practical verse. Paul is writing to Timothy with instructions about how to run the affairs on a local church. Among other things, the local church is called to care for its members who are in need. However, there are some who may want to exploit the assistance of the church for their own gain. So, Paul is giving Timothy directives on how to decide who gets to be put on the list of widows who are to be cared for by the church. If the widow has family members who can provide for her, then they should.

This is also a good reminder when there are more bills than there is income. If you have a choice between paying a debt collector and feeding your family this week, then you tell the debt collector that he’s out of luck. If you find yourself tempted to buy the latest techno-gizmo or fancy piece of clothing, but your house is in foreclosure, then tell yourself you’re out of luck, then save every penny, and provide for your household.

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