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.
In the end of last year I went back to Brazil to be with my mother, right after my father suddenly passed. On that trip I spent a lot of time talking to my parent’s friends; all in their late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s! Through the conversations and walking through grief with my mom, God gave me a glimpse of His heart for the widows.
You could see the difference: those who believed in God and/or were connected to the Christian community lived looking forward with future hope, they were more engaged in helping others and overall received support from those around them. Those who didn’t struggled with moving forward, purpose and loneliness.
Right before today’s passage Paul urges believers to “put their religion into practice by caring for their own family” (v. 4).
Our faith and beliefs can’t be compartmentalized. As we live out our faith, it will trickle down to every part of our lives AND relationships.
Are you still praying for the salvation of your family members and/or those who are close to you? Is the way you relate to your household reflective of your faith in Jesus Christ?
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Look around you right now at the people who are sitting near you or standing and pray for them.