1 Timothy 4 – SOMETIMES mind and body become so exhausted that nothing but rest will suffice, and one must learn completely to relax: there is a time to laze! Generally, however, leisure is the time to fulfil our deepest desires, and to enjoy our greatest pleasures.

The energy of the young demands an outlet in games or athletics of one kind or another: football, hockey, cricket, tennis, badminton and the like. Their pursuit after one has left school is not easy, except in the case of games like tennis or badminton, because practice and team matches so often cut across activities in the life of the spirit.

The young brother who was an enthusiastic member of his school eights in rowing would have liked to continue this activity with the Old Boy’s Association, but the days for practice were Saturday and Sunday. The issue was decided by the will of the Father, as it must always be decided where there is a clash of interest.

JOHN MARSHALL, The New Life, page 110.

1 Timothy

4Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.