5:23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
24 Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.
25 Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
THE PERSON WHO INSISTS UPON SEEING WITH PERFECT CLARITY BEFORE HE OR SHE DECIDES NEVER DECIDES.*
Welcome to Friday! Again, I am again drawn to the insight from our inspirational thought for today. I find a whole lot of myself in these words of wisdom. I am a planner and seek to gather as many details as possible before I take a step forward. And, yes at times the perceived lack of perfect and complete data has resulted in my being paralyzed to act. As I fully contemplate the deeper mean of the inspirational thought, I realize it is about trusting God to fill in the blanks of where and what I cannot see. Instead of seeking perfect clarity through my human vision, I need to spend more time seeking direction from God for the next best step.
In our pick verses today, Paul takes a moment for personal instructions to Timothy before he resumes a focus on the heart of leadership. Verse twenty-three seems randomly inserted into his teaching on leadership responsibility. Most scholars are unclear why or what prompted Paul to include these instructions in this spot. But all agree that this is not Paul giving permission for overindulgences or alcoholism. In the final two verses in this chapter Paul again instructs Timothy to choose church leaders carefully because sometimes their sins are not obvious. and it can take time for them to be revealed. Church leaders should live lives that are above reproach.
Saturday – September 25th – 1 Timothy 6:1-2
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 50575-50576). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
I realize Paul is speaking of leaders/Pastors but all Christians should be above reproach. We represent our churches as much as the leaders and pastors. We also can hurt the witness of the church and Christ. If I wear the cross around my neck, but yet go out and raise eyebrows by the way I act, I can do a lot of damage to the Christian teachings.