Be An Example! – 1 Timothy 4:9-16

_ Exercising ourselves in godly living is not only profitable for us; it is also profitable for others ( 1 Tim. 4:11–12 ). It enables us to be good examples, so that we encourage others. Paul named several areas of life in which you and I should be examples.

1.  “In word” ( 1 Tim. 4:12 ) implies that our speech should always be honest and loving, “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).
2.  “In conversation” (“conversation” means “walk,” not “talk”) suggests that our lives are to be controlled by the Word of God. We must not be like the hypocrites Paul described to Titus ( Titus 1:16 ): “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him.”
3.  “In love” (charity) points to the motivation of our lives. We do not obey God to be applauded by men ( Matt. 6:1ff ), but because we love God and love God’s people.
4.  “In spirit” would describe the inner enthusiasm and excitement of a child of God.
5.  “In faith” implies that we trust God and are faithful to Him. Faith and love often go together ( 1 Tim. 1:14 ; 2:15
; 6:11 ; 2 Tim. 1:13 ; 2:22 ). Faith always leads to faithfulness.
6.  “In purity” is important as we live in this present evil world. Ephesus was a center for sexual impurity, and the young man Timothy was faced with temptations. He must have a chaste relationship to the women in the church ( 1 Tim. 5:2 ) and keep himself pure in mind, heart, and body.

But godly living not only helps us and other believers; it also has its influence on the lost. Paul reminded pastor Timothy that Jesus Christ is the Savior ( 1 Tim. 4:10 ), and it is the believer’s task to share that Good News with the lost. In effect he wrote, “We Christians have fixed our hope in the living God, but the lost have no hope and do not know the living God. All that many of them know are the dead idols that can never save them.”

Walk with the Lord and be an example!!!

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