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BE AN EXAMPLE (THE WORLD NEEDS EXAMPLES)

December 23, 2013

Text:  “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”  I Timothy 4:12

The last blog was about imitating others; this offering is about being imitated for your godly behavior. The first article was about looking out  for good examples; this article is about you being observed for your demonstration of worthy conduct.

 But is anybody watching? People watch clandestinely, but they report publicly. Yes, some watch to catch the Christian in some false step so they can try to ruin his reputation. Nevertheless, there are also others watching you for: example, teaching, behavior, acts of kindness and love, almost anything. These watchers  may be inexperienced in your activities; or they may may want you to do something they can mimic. But you should hope that they respect you and desire to be like you. You must remember that they are watching and believe that you are worthy of imitation. Only your best behavior can convince them. 

This means that you must be vigilant always to present your righteous conduct. We all have unguarded moments when our speech is tainted with anger or reveals something dark in our hearts. Whether the unholy utterance is planned or spontaneous, it is still an offense against God and noted on your record.  “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew 12:36-37

Likewise, your actions are scrutinized by God for judgment in the “last day”.  God has ordered the behaviors of mankind; identifying evil works to be shunned by the Christian and good works to be embraced and nurtured. The New Testament abounds with such lists of evil and good. Read Paul’s epistles and look for them.  You must learn what to discard and what to nourish your soul with, or you will often be entrapped. “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

Be firm in your own heart to do the good and eschew the evil. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.  Albert Einstein

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.   Edgar A Guest, from Sermons We See

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One Comment
  1. We all need to remember this every day. Someone is watching you, So do the best you can and say only good things.

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