5 Areas to Reflect on the Type of Example You Are Setting
Looking back to Paul’s instruction, he encouraged young Timothy to be an example in five areas. Let’s look at each one.
1. In Speech
The first thing Paul mentions is speech. Are you paying attention to the words that are coming out of your mouth? People can quickly form an opinion about Jesus based on what you say. The reason this is vital is because your words reflect what is inside your heart. Remember this verse.
“Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
For this reason, we cannot take the words that we say lightly, because they are evidence of what is inside you. Since this is true, when people hear the words coming out of your mouth, what Jesus do they point to? To add more to think about, it is not just the words that come out of your mouth, but the words you put on social media, because these are an extension of your mouth and a reflection of your heart. When you add those words into the mix, what Jesus do people see?
2. In Love
Jesus said it best about how powerful the demonstration of love can be in the life of a believer.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
I find it ironic that we talk so much about a God who loves, yet so often we are people who don’t love. Is there any wonder why people in the world are confused? True love is not seen when you are surrounded by people who all agree with you. True love is seen when you can love people who don’t.
By the way I am not just talking about unbelievers, I am talking about fellow believers as well. Can you sincerely love the one who doesn’t look like you or who has a different opinion than you? Sometimes in our quest to be right, we forget about the command to love each other. Unconditional love does not mean unconditional acceptance, but it also doesn’t mean win at all costs or by any means necessary either. If we are going to represent Christ well, then we who carry his name have got to figure out how to love each other, because the world is watching.
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