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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
1 Timothy 5:1
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.
St. Paul had raised up his well-known associate Timothy. It was Paul’s desire that Timothy could help him spread the message of Jesus through church planting. He explained briefly how to honor people in the local church and community, both older and younger. He said, “Never rebuke an older man. Rather treat him as you would your father, in an honorable way. Also, treat younger men as your brothers. This was true for women as well. Paul taught Timothy, and all of us, that “The Honor Way Is The Best Way.”
As a senior, I realize that my days of being the tough, “my way or the highway” kind of person are behind me, and that’s never been the way I’ve led anyway. However, it doesn’t always sit well with seniors to have those in the younger categories administering hard-hearted directives toward them. On the other hand, I can remember someone in authority over me as a young man treating me like an idiot with their words. Here, the Apostle gives the best heavenly word ever. Treat older folks as if they are your parents and younger folks as though they are your brothers and sisters. Now the church and beyond, into the community, becomes a huge family instead of a big hodge-podge of adversarial relationships. The next time something happens and your tongue is about to LAUNCH into something you’ll regret, remember “The Honor Way Is The Best Way.”
Today, as I communicate with others, help me remember that “The Honor Way Is The Best Way.” Amen