1 Timothy 5

Father, fill me up with Your truth.

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Relationships–an entire chapter about the kinds of relationships You desire among Your people, in Your Church! …Lord, teach me what You want me to learn and to live.

You use all sorts of terms to describe how You desire us to interact:
“Do not rebuke… harshly, but exhort” (v 1).
“Treat as [family members]…with absolute purity” (v 2).
“Give proper recognition…” (v 3).
“…provide for his relatives and especially his immediate family” (v 8).
“…help those who are really in need” (v 16).
“…do nothing out of favoritism” (v 21)
“…do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.” (v 22).

Guide me, Father, in growing my relationships with others, both those related to me through my birth and those connected to me by my rebirth.  Teach me to love them like You do.  Pare away the skin of this fallen world which can cover, hide, or keep in the nutrients necessary for healthy relationships.  Continue to heal the wounds in me that hinder me from reaching out and loving others freely and fully like You love them.  Free me from the past to step forward into the future with each opportunity You supply today.  Make me just like Jesus.  And when a person has encountered me, may he or she love Him more.  Amen.

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Draw my heart toward Yours, Jesus, so that I fall deeper in love with You every moment.

1 Timothy 4

Father, fill me up with Your truth.

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“You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching.  Now pass on this counsel to the Christians there, and You’ll be a good servant of Jesus.” (v 6 MSG)

“If you explain this to the brothers and sisters, you will be doing your duty as a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is fed by the message of faith and the true teaching you have followed.” (v 6 NLT)

Thank You so much, Father, for feeding me throughout my life with the truths of Your Message, Your Word which has produced faith in me as I look to You.  Guide me in staying firmly grounded in Your Truth and in passing it on to others.

“Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion.  Exercise daily in God–no spiritual flabbiness please!  Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.  You can count on this.  Take it to heart.” (v 7-8 MSG)

Be my Coach, my Personal Trainer, Lord.  Equip me for living, using, and teaching Your Word wherever You lead me each day.  Guide me in discerning Your Truth and in paying attention to what I allow into my mind.

“We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe the truth, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and particularly of those who believe.” (v 10 NLT)

Stir in me, Father, that intentional energy that is focused on the purpose You’ve called me to as Your child, Your follower: To make disciples.  Remind me repeatedly of this work that You’ve put me here to do.  My current job is not what You’ve employed me to do.  It’s merely a means through I can touch lives so that I can make disciples.  You’ve supplied a home, a car, a job, a church family, neighbors, friends, acquaintances, places to do business in the community, communication means (phone, email, postal service, etc.) … all these things and more — You’ve supplied them as my tools for carrying out this ministry You’ve given me.  Help me to view these things from THAT perspective more than getting caught up in them for self-serving reasons.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity … focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.  Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received … Give your complete attention to these matters.  Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching.  Stay true to what is right, and God will save you and those who hear you.” (v 12-16 NLT)

Let others see Jesus in me, Father:
May the words that I SPEAK or use to teach communicate solely the Truth found in YOUR Word.
May the actions of my LIFE reflect the motives, energy and activities of YOUR Son.
May the sharing of my LOVE convey the passion and authenticity of YOUR love.
May the example of my FAITH inspire others to trust in YOUR faithfulness.
May the model of my PURITY enliven the courage and endurance of others to strive to embrace YOUR virtue.

In all these things, may You receive glory, honor, and praise, as others are led toward a more intimate relationship with You, our extraordinary God, because they have encountered this ordinary servant of Yours.  Amen.

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Draw my heart toward Yours, Jesus, so that I fall deeper in love with You every moment.

1 Timothy 3

Father, fill me up with Your truth.
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Leaders within Your Church, Lord, have high expectations on them, as You work through them to guide, nurture, and lead Your people. Still, whether I have a “leadership” position formally or not, because I represent Christ wherever I am, the traits of a leader mentioned here also apply:
~ above reproach
~ not a polygamist nor promiscuous
~ temperate
~ self-controlled
~ respectable
~ hospitable
~ able to teach, knowing what one’s talking about
~ not given to drunkenness
~ not violent nor pushy but gentle
~ not quarrelsome
~ not a lover of money or money-hungry
~ must manage his own family well
~ attentive to one’s children and having their respect and obedience
~ not a new believer
~ have a good reputation with outsiders
~ worthy of respect
~ sincere, genuine, not deceitful
~ not in it for what one can get out of it
~ keeping hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience
~ dependable, trustworthy in everything
~ not sharp-tongued or malicious talkers

Father, work out of me the traits that aren’t reflective of the You in me. Work into me the very nature of Your Son, so that these kinds of characteristics above are seen in my life. In some areas there are miles to go; while in others, I’m already there or it’s just down the block. Thank You for the way You’ve been growing me up in Jesus all of my life.

Thank You for the examples of godly leaders You’ve placed in my life. And, thank You too for the leaders whose areas of weakness in these traits can also be opportunities for me to learn. Continue to shape my heart and life into a clear of reflection of Jesus. Amen.
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Draw my heart toward Yours, Jesus, so that I fall deeper in love with You every moment.