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LOOKING BACK

June 9, 2017

Friday

 

1 Timothy 4:12

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Most people regarded older people with great respect in his culture. Paul promised that no one in the church would discredit his teaching ministry if he backed it up with a godly lifestyle. In his words, as well as by his actions, by his “love” for people and his trust in God, and by his moral cleanness he should provide an example of godliness. “Purity” includes both sexual purity and integrity of heart.

 

It is the first duty of a minister to display in his own life that which he wishes his people to be.

Your example, your life is vitally important to those around you. I don’t suppose you have said to your wife, children, friends, or whoever, “If you want to see what a Christian man should look like, look at me!” That just sounds wrong, but that’s exactly what’s happening—whether we like it or not. Paul tells Timothy: “You set an example!” And that challenge remains for us. Let people know that you sometimes get it all wrong and that you do it imperfectly, but don’t use that as an excuse to not be an example to your world.

 

Memory Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

 

The longer we keep looking back in the rearview mirror, it takes away from everything that’s moving forward.

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