Friday, December 30, 2016

Be An Example

"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us." -Titus 2:7-8
Being an example is a daunting, yet necessary task. The Lord wants to put on display what He is doing in your life, namely changing you into a person that shows true godliness of character. He does this not so that you will receive the accolades of men, but so that you can have influence on the lives of those around you. Paul tells Titus here to model good works--godliness--in all respects. In every aspect of life Titus was to show himself to be a model Christian. He was to teach with integrity, dignity, and soundness of speech. Wouldn't it be great if every Christian lived with this kind of resolve? Your neighbors would be well-served if you lived with consistency of character, respect and respectfulness of others, and if you use the sort of speech that shows truth and grace.
Your example is a powerful thing. It has the power to lift someone up. As others look to you (and they are looking), you can encourage them and strengthen them in the Lord. Your example has the power to teach truth. Your life puts on display the measure of truth that you understand from God's Word. Whether you understand little or much of the Bible, your life will show it. Either you will display the godliness that the Lord desires, or you will display the sinfulness of the flesh that comes naturally and easily to you. Your example has the power to silence an opponent and prove accusations wrong. Opponents will come. Accusations will be thrown at you. Your way of life will either confirm the accusations or it will extinguish them. Seek to live showing yourself to be a model of good works, integrity, dignity, and soundness of speech.

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