Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 23rd, 2018
Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.
I Timothy 5:1-2 (NLT)
Sometimes the home we grew up in was not an atmosphere of kindness and encouragement. We may have a habit of speaking hurtfully. Each one in the family of faith is created by the Lord. The Spirit is teaching us the Lord’s way to serve and honour each other.
When Aretha Franklin passed away recently, Canadian singer Measha Brueggergosman said “Aretha Franklin was not just a feat of nature in terms of her vocal prowess and flexibility and agility, but she had real musicianship, real power. Being supremely gifted by God does not mean that there won’t be a lot of hard work involved. I think if anything, what I’ve learned from Aretha is that the gift is just the beginning. With how much respect you treat your gift depends how far you’ll go with it.”
Aretha Franklin took the Otis Redding song, R-E-S-P-E-C-T and made it a hit. Over her life, she earned a lot of respect herself. Respect is a Biblical principle. Paul writes to his young son in Christ and he says in 1 Timothy 5:1-2, “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” In a culture that is often disrespectful, Christians are called to something altogether different. There is no place in Christian circles for what has come to be known as elder abuse. We are to speak with respect to older men and women. And even when speaking to our peers, we should do so as if speaking to our brother or sister. Take time today to ponder this. What kind of language do you use when speaking to others? Does it reflect the words that Jesus would use when speaking to others? If not, ask the Lord to help you speak with respect.
These have been words from the heart.