1 Timothy 4:12 says, “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.”
As believers we are expected to live a certain way. This scripture is saying we are expected to be an example, in word, in our conversations, in charity, in spirit, in faith and in purity. What does this really mean? It means we are expected to be Christ like. This is not to say that any of us are perfect, but we are expected to continue to move in the right direction. If we sin, we do not stay in that sin. We move past that sin, for as believers we should never take sin lightly. We should always have a heart of repentance, desiring not to go back to that sin again.
Proverbs 26:11 says “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returnst to his folly.”
If God was so kind to deliver us out of sin, are we to be as foolish as the dog to return to his own vomit and eat of it. So now we should flee from sin, not to return to it again.
Romans 6:1 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Well if you continue a little further it answers it for you. In Romans 6:2 it says, “God forbid. How shall we, who are dead to sin, live any long therein?” If God forbids it, then that is our answer, NO, we should not continue in sin. We know better so shall we do better!
We should always desire to do better. We may not always get it right, but we keep trying, we don’t give up. If we fall, we get back up, we do not stay down. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit we are equipped with the tools to defeat and over come any situation. It is up to us what we do with those tools. Do we stay down in the dark, or do we come back up into His light?
When we are an example we should live the word of God in every aspect of our lives. This is why it is important to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”(2 Timothy 2:15). By studying the word of God we obtain knowledge, and with knowledge come wisdom and understanding. All throughout the book of proverbs it speaks of knowledge repeatedly. I would encourage any believer, whether new or old, to always study the book of proverbs. In Proverbs 2:6 says “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” The Lord has given us the instructions to live by, and the only way we can truly know them is to study them. Once we study them and learn them and get a true understanding of them, we should live by them.
I often sit and think of how much God loves us, he has equipped us with everything we need… He has given us a book of instructions, then He gave us the Holy Spirit, which comes with gifts such and faith and discernment. He has fully equipped us to not only survive but succeed. My prayer for today is Lord let your wisdom be imparted on every believer, “So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:4). That we walk always in the light, and no matter what adversities we are faced with daily, that we will continue to stand, that our eyes shall always be on you Father.
Let us be the example God has called us to be. Let us not only be hearers of the Word, but doers as well, in Jesus name I pray, amen.