October 23

1 Timothy 3

Pastor Timothy received instruction from Paul on qualifications for the bishop, which is also the pastor or an associate pastor, helping to oversee the spiritual needs of the people. Then he receives instruction for deacons, leaders in the local church who serve or attend to the operations of the church. Then Paul tells Timothy, I’m writing this letter to tell you how you should conduct yourself in the house of God. Leaders are not perfect, but they are to be mature, or developed, in their walk with God, so they can lead others as they grow in grace together.

Jeremiah 9-10

Jeremiah was called “the weeping prophet.” In chapter 9, verse 1, he writes, “Oh, what my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.” As a prophet, he knew the heart of God and felt what God felt for the people. Jeremiah also cared for his own people, knowing the weightiness of their sin and the destruction and heartache that sin would bring. As Jeremiah delivered messages of judgment, he delivered them with demonstration of love.

In verses 23-24, in the middle of warnings of coming judgment, God talks about what delights Him. It includes righteousness, justice, and lovingkindness. He says if we glory, let’s glory that we understand and know the Lord – not in our wisdom, our might, or our riches. Let’s focus on what is upright, what is just, and what is loving and kind.

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