“Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” 1 Timothy 5:3-4
In ancient societies without the advantages of government assistance, it was good practice for families to care for needy relations. Paul’s purpose is larger, so “no one will be open to criticism” (v.7 NLT). Paul was concerned about the church’s witness. Do we have the same concern?