1 Timothy 4:12 “…Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
“Set” is an action. It requires action on our part. We have to be an example with our words, actions, thoughts, etc. Everything we do and everything we are should glorify God. In the same sense, everything we do NOT do is speaking to others as well. For example, if you are invited to a party and you know there is going to be drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous behavior there, why would you put yourself in the situation to make a mistake? I understand that you don’t go there with that intention, but peer power is a powerful thing. It is more powerful than many of us would like to admit. Instead of putting yourself in a bad situation, stay home, go to a movie, go out to eat, etc. Do something that is still fun, but on your own terms where you can control your circumstances. By you choosing NOT to go, you may help a friend who isn’t as strong as you are and he/she may choose to hang out with you instead; therefore keeping someone else from trouble.
A good question to ask yourself is “If God were standing beside me right now, would I be embarrassed by my current behavior?”
In Romans 14:13, God says for us to “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
Not only do we have to worry about ourselves, but we need to worry about how our actions affect those around us. Are your actions causing a friend to slip away from God? If what you do offends others and causes them to be mislead or to stumble in coming to Christ or to the truth, then don’t do it. That’s a pretty simple rule to follow.
1 Thessalonians 5:22-23 “reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.“
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
Why is this so important?
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted…In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 1:15; 2:7-8