Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2020

“she has devoted herself to every good work”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Timothy 5:9-16.

“A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, having a reputation for good works;  and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.  But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge.  At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house;  and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.  Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;  for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.  If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.”  1 Timothy 5:9-16.

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Who can be devoted to every good work?!

Who can do those things that please God?!

But, there is hope!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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