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.
Timothy’s church leadership position put him in a role to influence the lives of others. Only the proper conversation could avoid adversely affecting other believers. Furthermore, Timothy was a young man and Paul knew that others might despise him for his youth. Therefore, Paul instructed Timothy how to eliminate this problem. He was to be the right type of an example to the believers. Paul gave Timothy several areas in which to be that example. One of these involved Timothy’s conversation. Paul knew that it was important for other people to be able to look at Timothy’s life and glean an idea of what their conversation should resemble. Just as Paul had been an example to Timothy, Timothy was to be an example for others.
- (For children):After the death of her husband, Ruth traveled to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law because she wanted to be with people who loved the true God. None of the Jews knew her except Naomi, so the people simply watched her life. The Bible says that Ruth displayed a godly behaviour (conversation) before them (Ruth 2:11; Ruth 3:11).
- (For everyone):Most people have others who look to them for some type of leadership. Have you ever considered who is watching your life as an example of how to walk with the Lord? What kind of an example are you providing?
- Who are some people that you look to as an example of how to live the Christian life? What are some of the things that you have learned concerning serving the Lord because of them?
- Ask the Lord to give you a good example of a godly conversation.
- Ask God to help you to be a godly example.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 8)
The world places a premium on the idea of living comfortably. For instance, people desire comfortable clothes, comfortable beds, comfortable cars, comfortable furniture, etc. There are even foods designated as “comfort foods.” Yet, with this great emphasis concerning comfort, the world seems to experience so little of it.
The Bible does not reflect that the Lord Jesus was ever addressed as “the Comforter,” but He alluded to this title when He told His followers that the coming of the Holy Ghost would be God’s means of sending them “another Comforter” (John 14:16). Evidently, the Lord Jesus served as the Comforter and the Holy Ghost would function as another Comforter.
When troubles come, and they do, the believer has living within himself a person of the Godhead that specializes in comforting those afflicted in any way.
Though the Bible does not deal specifically with every modern trouble, the work of God in past believers’ lives offers the comfort necessary to face any trouble.
God comforts believers in hopes that they will, in turn, extend that comfort toward others during their times of need.