Day 09 “But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the...
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
– 1 Timothy 4:12
The world needs to see good examples. Your friends and family need to see good examples. They need to see Christians walk in love and purity and faith in their homes, in their schools and on their jobs.
The Apostle Paul encourages us in Romans 12:17 to live above reproach in the sight of all people. Other scriptures teach us to avoid all appearances of evil. So, when you go after God, don’t walk on the edge, trying to see how much you can get away with. Conduct yourself in a way that will put to rest any question about whether or not you are Christian. Let the people around you see your love, faith and purity in every situation.
Your example will go a lot further than your words. Your friends might forget some of the Bible verses you’ve told them about or act like they’re not interested in the things of God…but they will not forget your example through the way you act, speak, and live.
Don’t let little sins and spiritual compromises cast a shadow over your example. When you are talking about God to your friends one minute and then talking badly, or criticizing your other friends or family another minute, it sends a confusing message to them. Instead, live and talk in a consistent manner according to the Word of God and let the light of Jesus shine brightly through you.
Confession for today: “I set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).