“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”I Timothy 5:1-2
I was watching some boxing matches and one pitted an older former boxer against a much younger boxer. The older man was a little hunched over and the younger man looked at him and laughed. The older man was in a turtle neck and slacks and the younger fighter was decked out in boxing gear. The bell rang and the younger fighter had quite the smirk on his face as he playfully jabbed the older man. It didn’t take long for the older man to get loose and he soon started to drop bombs on the younger fighter. One blow caught the younger fighter just right, and he hit the ground like he was hit by a semi-truck. He quickly got up and the older fighter put a whooping on him so bad that the younger fighter eventually waved the white flag. I showed my son Nate this video, and I cautioned him to never underestimate anyone.
We often show little respect to those who are older than us, and we don’t encourage them as we should. We don’t view them as mothers and fathers. I have learned and gained so much from listening to those Christians who are older and wiser and who have experienced a thing or two. I have learned to listen more than I speak, and I am grateful for all those for whom God has placed in my life. We often despise our parents until we became them, and we soon forget that we may grow old as well.
I think of the younger sisters and how we are to treat them as sisters with purity. We are not to take advantage of them, and we are to be careful in how we treat them. I often see men hugging on other woman and acting quite flirtatious. I have heard comments that range from a compliment to borderline harassment. We are told it is not good to touch a woman, and we should always be mindful of our actions, words, and thoughts towards those we are commanded to treat as sisters.
Are you treating others as brother and sisters in Christ? Do you have respect for your fellow believers as you should toward your own familial brother and sisters? Do you take time to learn and heed the wisdom of someone who is your elder or are you rebuking and mocking them? How are you treating the sisters? Do you treat them in purity or are your motives skewed with your own directive? May we not despise those with age and may we be respectful one to another acting with pure motives. May we be meek in our correction of those younger than us, and may we desire to provoke one another unto godliness. May we seek to improve the life of another instead of seeking our own selfish motives. Matthew 7:12 states, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
May God help us!