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Sharing Generously

Don't include younger widows {on your list}. Whenever their natural desires become stronger than their devotion to Christ, they'll want to marry.  They condemn themselves by rejecting the Christian faith, the faith they first accepted.  At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people's business, saying things they shouldn't say.  

So I want younger widows to marry, have children, manage their homes, and not give the enemy any chance to ridicule them.  Some of them have already turned away to follow Satan.  If any woman is a believer and has relatives who are widows, she should help them. In this way the church is not burdened and can help widows who have no families.  

Give double honor to spiritual leaders who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching the word {of God}.  After all, Scripture says, “Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing grain,” and “The worker deserves his pay.”  

Don't pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.


1 Timothy 5:11-19 (GW)