Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As to a Father

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
My soul with people who hate peace
has long a dweller been.
I am for peace; but when I speak,
for battle they are keen.
 —Psalm 120:6-7
Suggested tune: Ich singe dir (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.
—1 Timothy 5:1-2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Correction is a medicine, which has always some bitterness, and consequently is disagreeable. Besides, Timothy being a young man, his severity would have been less tolerable, if it had not been somewhat moderated.

The Apostle enjoins him to reprove elder persons as parents; and he even employs the milder term, exhort It is impossible not to be moved with reverence, when we place before our eyes our father or our mother; in consequence of which, instead of harsher vehemence, we are immediately influenced by modesty. Yet it ought to be observed, that he does not wish old men to be spared or indulged in such a manner as to sin with impunity and without correction; he only wishes that some respect should be paid to their age, that they may more patiently bear to be admonished.
 —John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Help me to speak peacefully, and in listening to what I say, may others receive my words in the spirit they are offered...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

No comments:

Post a Comment