Sermon: The Biblical Concept of Compassion

The Biblical Concept of Compassion 

1 Timothy 5:1–16

 

Deuteronomy 10:18, He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

 

Psalm 68:4–5a, 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! 5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.

 

I. Cultivating A Culture of Caring

 

1 Timothy 5:3 says, Honor widows who are truly widows.

 

1 Timothy 5:5a says, She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God . . .

 

1 Timothy 5:16 says, If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

 

A. God’s First Provision is through the Family (vv. 4, 8, 16)

 

1 Timothy 5:4 says, But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.

 

 

1 Timothy 5:16 says, If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

 

1 Timothy 5:8 says, But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

John Stott says, “It is a fundamental Christian duty to provide for our relatives. This is plain biblical warrant for a life insurance policy, which is only a self-imposed savings plan for the benefit for our dependents.”[1]

 

John 19:26–27 says, 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

 

Isaiah 46:4 says, even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

 

B. God’s First Priority is through a Godly Life

 

1 Timothy 5:5–6 says, 5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

 

II. Cultivating A Culture of Serving (vv. 9–16)

[1] John Stott, 1 Timothy and Titus: Fighting the Good Fight (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998), 35.

 

One Comment on “Sermon: The Biblical Concept of Compassion”

  1. I. Know I say this about every week but the Lord used you again to so speak to me.Thamk you for listening to the Holy Spirit Spirit and allowing him to guide you😁

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