In week 6 of our studies, we are looking and searching into 1 Timothy and how this letter from Paul applies to our world today.
Upon reading 1 Timothy, I found our God to be full of grace, a fair God, an immortal Father, a provider of all our needs and a Father of authority.
I read about Jesus and his hope, his compassion for all to believe, his strength due to suffering on the cross, his nobility of giving himself, and his desire to be one of us in the flesh.
1 Timothy 1:15
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Faithful: John 3:16,17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Save: Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Sinners: 2 Tim 1:9, Romans 3:24, John 1:17
2 Tim 1:9 – For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2: 4,5
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Mystery: Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Spirit: Matthew 1:18 and Acts 2:4
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Depart: 2 Timothy 4:3,4 and 2 Timothy 3:1-8
2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 3:1-8 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Neglect: 2 Timothy 1:6,7
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Laying: Deuteronomy 34:9
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Godliness: Proverbs 15:16
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Contentment: Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
May you continue not to lean upon your own understanding and search the living word of God for your source and comfort.
Week 3 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:
- Think kind thoughts so that kind actions will follow
- Accept and release thoughts that aren’t kind and replace them with kind thoughts
- Use everyday opportunities to practice acting out of kindness
- React with kindness especially when it’s hard to
- Be more kind to those you live with
- Be more kind to those you work with
- Be more kind to those around you
- Be kind in thoughts, actions, and words
- Remember kindness comes in many forms: courteousness, generosity, thoughtfulness, sympathy, empathy.
Tip: It will take practice, don’t be hard on yourself. When you find yourself correcting your thoughts and actions, do so gently. Acknowledge the room for growth and make a note to do better the next time you are presented with an opportunity to act or reactwith kindness.
Week three challenge has opened my eyes immensely.
- It was the moment when: talking with a colleague and walking away, I said, ” It was great talking with you”. Her response was perky and sweet and sincere.
- It was the moment when: riding on the bus, a fellow passenger did not have enough money on his pass. I stood up and handed him what was needed for his ride. His look of gratitude and bewilderment of “you didn’t have to do this but thank you”.
- It was the moment when: a construction crew, working in the hot sun and I said, “thank you for opening up our sidewalk again”. The brightness of his smile for being noticed and appreciated for his work.
- It was the moment when: a co-worker needed my full attention and assist her with a problem. I stopped my task and tentatively listened and responded with a solution. The twinkle in her eye stated she felt heard and understood.
- It was the moment when: walking on campus and I purposely looked someone in the eye and simply smiled. The smile in return let me know the person felt noticed.
- It was the moment when: I listened and empathically heard my mother’s frustration and anguish of not being able to use her primary hurt hand. By the end of our call, I heard a lightness and a subtle change in her voice letting me know she knew how much I loved her and cared.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
May you seek ways of showing and responding to kindness in your journey of life.
I have joined the Kindness Challenge. My week two was about my mother and the acts of kindness I witnessed. However, I told Niki I really wanted to focus on kindness in the news and photos. I decided to do another short retake of week 2 and was challenged to find “positive news”. I did have to do some searching but did manage to find some very beautiful acts of kindness in the news.
Random acts of kindness in the news
- A college student started a free lawn service for people who are elderly or disabled (May 10, 2016)
- Back in October, a 5th-grader named Cody decided to start saving his money for something special. He did extra chores around the house, babysat, helped the neighbors with random jobs and set aside his Christmas and birthday money.It took him six months but once he raised a little over $200, he went to his mom and told her he wanted to invite all the teachers he has had at Northern Hills Elementary school to a nice dinner to say ‘thank you’ for everything they have done for him before he heads off to middle school.He designed invitations, delivered them to all his teachers (some had moved beyond the teaching profession so he had to track them down) made the reservation at a nice restaurant, and bought each teacher flowers.On the night of the dinner, he read a speech he had prepared thanking each teacher for all they have done and said he wanted to show each of them he could work hard for them like they all had worked hard for him. He then informed them he would be paying for the entire meal.
When asked why this was important to him he simply said, “I love my dad. He works so hard for his students and even misses most of our things so he can tutor kids who need extra help. I know my teachers work hard for me so I want to say thank you and show them I can work hard for them, too.”
That’s teacher appreciation at its finest. He’s only 11, but he gets it.
- Packing Brighter Futures
Jackson Kelley Age 11, Tristan Kelley Age 9
West Roxbury, MAHow many boys get excited about school supplies on sale? These two. When Jackson and Tristan were researching local charities for their annual Christmas donations, they learned that many kids in the area needed backpacks. So when they noticed a huge sale on school supplies, they begged their parents to let them buy things for kids who couldn’t afford them. “We thought that to get good jobs and have a good life, you need a good education,” says Tristan. They each used $50 of their own money, and their parents offered a match. That was the beginning of Backpacks for New Beginnings. Since 2009, the nonprofit has donated more than 400 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to local social-service agencies. Their goal this year: 300.
- Every wedding anniversary is worthy of celebration, but a 70th anniversary is one that deserves something truly special. Chinese couple Deyi, 98, and Cao Yuehua, 97, were married in 1945 at Northern Hot Springs Park in Chongqing. They had four children who, this year, helped them to recreate the wedding photo from so long ago.“My parents are 98 this year,” the couple’s youngest son, 60-year-old Cao Pangpei told CNN. “They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love.”
- What a beautiful act of kindness to honour and obey your husband and wife for 70 years.
2 Peter 1: 4-10
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shallneither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
May you find comfort in knowing our Father God takes care of us.