“So I want younger women to marry, raise children, and manage a household, in order to give the adversary no opportunity to vilify us. For some have already wandered away to follow Satan.”
1 Timothy 5.14-15
The apostle Paul considered laziness and gossip two severe sins that ruined examples.
Fulfilling well our God-given roles brings glory to his name.
#VOTD #Satan #sin
“When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.”
A society flourishes when righteousness prevails. Righteousness and wickedness cannot coexist.
In what ways do righteous people bless a society?
#VOTD #righteousness #society
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.”
Chapter 12 begins the section of the letter about the practice of the faith and what it means to be a living sacrifice for Christ.
God defines what is good, so why should a Christian be concerned about what is good before others? [See verse in many versions.]
#VOTD #good #vengeance
“Above his head they put the charge against him, which read: ‘This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.'”
The crimes of crucified criminals were posted on their crosses. Jesus’ charge was intended as an insult to the Jews.
Jesus is King, Lord, and Savior, of Jews and Gentiles. The charge written above his cross was too modest.
#VOTD #crucifixion #Jesus
“He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.”
Jesus came as Teacher of God’s way and taught all people. He used wisdom in his teaching.
How should Christians use wisdom when they teach others?
#VOTD #parables #teaching
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end.”
Partnership with Christ serves as a powerful motivation to faithfulness.
In what ways may be be considered to be partners with Christ?
#VOTD #faithfulness #exhortation
“Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
The book sounds like an adolescent trying out all kinds of ideas. God lets us see Solomon’s experiments in life.
Solomon’s life started out well and went downhill. His book starts at the bottom and finishes at the top.
#VOTD #fear-of-God #judgment