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BE AN EXAMPLE

Timothy was a young man when the apostle Paul wrote to him the following exhortation, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation [conduct], in charity [love], in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Tim. 4:12). Just as Timothy was to be an example to other believers, you and I are to be examples to other believers. People watch you to see how you live your life. They look to see if you are sincere, to see if you are hypocritical, to see if you have integrity, and to see if you are following the spiritual principles laid out in the Bible. People discover what kind of Christian you are by how you live your life. The new believers typically look to those who have been Christians for a longer time to learn how they should act or react in the different situations of life. I remember Christians that I have looked up to and have taken as examples. I learned from them how to walk in faith; I learned how to react to trials and temptation; I learned from them how to preach and teach; I learned from them how to pray; I learned from them how to love my fellow brother and sister in Christ. Many things I have learned from the example of other Christians.

Timothy was instructed to be an example to the believers in six areas. These same six areas apply to you today. The first area is "in word"; I understand this to be the words that you use ? your speech. People judge you by what you say and how you say it. Are you often critical of other people? Do you use sarcasm? Are you frequently telling jokes with some being in bad taste? Do you swear or curse? Do you tell lies?

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Ed Anderson
Sierra Vista, AZ


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