People are a terrible lot. The way people treat each other is deplorable. With the expansive media coverage and availability, people have become even more bold and open about treating others with an complete disdain; if they have no use for them. In the US, there was always a sense of character that prevented people from treating the old, the sick or the vulnerable with anything but proper decorum. In the 21st century, however, those social protections have faded away, and people have become desensitized to the value of others.
Paul tells Timothy to remind the Church that we are called to be different. We are to treat people with love and respect. Realize that in Roman times people were the same–they placed little value on life. That is why the church was called to be different. We are to treat the elderly with love and respect. We speak to them with kindness and humility. we reach out and help them to do the things time has taken away from them.
In addition, we treat the young with grace, we treat women as the true treasures that God created them to be–we protect, respect and always treat people with honesty and purity. It is the selflessness we find in walking with God that allows us to be the gracious, the strong and the vigilant in a world of selfish and awful people. We must embrace our spiritual heritage and be true people of faith.
God Bless You
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.