The Care of Widows in Christ’s Church

Posted by on Aug 20, 2009 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Timothy 5:3-16

The care of widows and orphans has always been close to God’s own heart. He instructs his people to proactively care for these needy individuals within their midst by adopting children into their own families, and giving support to deserving widows through the ministry of the church (cf. Exodus 22:22-24; Deuteronomy 24:17, 27:19; Psalm 68:5, 146:9; Isaiah 1:16-17). In particular, what kind of encouragement, love, and support should be offered? In this specific passage Paul gives Timothy five essential precepts to follow—show honor, evaluate needs, give support, encourage remarriage, and involve families in the care of widows. When Christ’s Church follows these explicit instructions many potential problem areas will be eliminated, and ultimately God will be glorified. Let us learn from Paul’s instructions and consistently apply these precepts—and, let us do so out of love for God, gratitude for our salvation, and obedience to his commandments.