Tuesday, March 9, 2010

daily text 3/9

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
"Go on carrying the burdens of one another, and thus fulfill the law of the Christ." (Galatians 6:2)

God gives the families of older ones the primary responsibility to provide for them. (1 Timothy 5:4, 8) Jehovah is pleased when families fulfill their obligation toward elderly relatives and thus show that they care about older ones as he himself does. God supports these families and blesses them for their efforts and for all their sacrifices. Similarly, Jehovah is pleased when local congregations assist faithful older ones who are in need but have no believing or willing family members to care for them. (1 Timothy 5:3, 5, 9, 10) Congregations thereby show that they have ‘fellow feeling, brotherly affection, and tender compassion’ for the elderly. (1 Peter 3:8) Their concern for older congregation members is well-illustrated by Paul when he points out that if one member of the human body suffers, “all the other members suffer with it.”—1 Corinthians 12:26. (Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 4:7, 8)