Written by the awesome Roger
Paul has reminded Timothy that the church has a responsibility to look after those in the community who are not being supported by their own families or do not have any family.
Responsibility is having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role. So in his leadership role Timothy had to take responsibility for others. Taking responsibility is a positive act, you have you step up to it and behave appropriately when you are exercising that responsibility.
Paul solemnly charged Timothy to maintain the rules and to act impartially.
Do you think you could be impartial in solving a dispute between two friends? Do you think you could make decisions without considering your own interest in the outcome? Do you think you could stand up for what is right when you see others doing things that are wrong?
We pray today for our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. You have said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Think of a time when there was disagreement in your family. Can you remember what it was about and how upsetting it was? Do you think you could have been resolved it differently? Do you think you could carry out this responsibility without getting emotionally involved, staying calm , thinking clearly, balancing the arguments on both sides and so coming to a fair conclusion while maintaining your self-control?