October 18, Reading 3 – 1 Timothy 4

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SAA Notes

Paul gives much good advice to young Timothy. What might apply to your life? Bring some of his suggestions up to date –what groups today have taboos on Christian marriage and foods? (Think of groups opposed to Christian marriage and those who are obsessive about particular foods.)

SJA Notes

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;”

We see what these irreverent, silly myths are in Paul’s previous words. A devotion to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons … Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created.

Those are two very different-seeming ideas that Paul pulls together. The spiritual realities mixed with ideologies we deal with in our day to day lives in this world.

How do we train ourselves for godliness?

Keep a close watch on ourselves and our teaching, always measuring what we are thinking and what others are telling us against the scriptures (as the Bereans did), setting an example in speech and conduct.

Godliness is of value in EVERY WAY!

* Father God,

Thank You that we can set our hope in You, a sure and steady hope on the rock on ages.

Please help us to practice our godliness, pursuing holiness, seeking Jesus.

Amen.

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