Favor as Family

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” – I Timothy 5:1-2

photo by Colleen Loehr

We are called as a community to be like family to one another.  Paul, in his letter to Timothy, (who was teaching in Ephesus) gave clear instruction as to how the family of God ought to treat one another.  Those who are older than ourselves, ought to be given the same concern and respect as our parents.  To those who are younger, we are to treat them as sisters and brothers, with utmost purity and protection.

This is an excellent reminder of both the call to care for one another in community, and how to interact with those whom God has placed around us.  Despite our own disgust with or distaste for the behaviors, actions and attitudes of others, we are to extend the same love and grace that God grants to us, to all of the members of our community.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we are sinful, You are merciful and grant grace as we come before you in repentance.  Teach us to treat all those in our community in the same way, as You have charged us to love one another as You first loved us.  May we exhort and respect our elders, and look out for and protect those who are younger, as brothers and sisters in You.  Teach us how to treat others as You have treated us.  Thank You that You are merciful and gracious, generous and loving, as You lead us in the way that we ought to go.  May the way we live our lives extend the very same love to all whom we encounter, so that they too may learn of Your loving kindness.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Mercy always triumphs, and God’s got a BIG family to love. A tender teaching and rich reminder to practice loving as He loved – without condition…and as He has loved us. Thank you so much, Shannon!

  2. Great reminder for me as I recover from stressful school year. I always try to treat students how I would want mine to be treated –respect and patience.

  3. What we see happening within the local church is also what we see happening within families–the disregard and disrespect for parents. Our society has negated the importance of respect within the family, relegating parents below educators and other “professionals” who somehow know better than parents. Likewise inside the church, we see man-made solutions brought forward with humanistic arguments rather than following the design God laid out. I think it interesting how important God places obedience to parents, honoring father and mother…we do NOT see that supported within our culture anymore.

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