…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
Titus 2:7-8 NKJV
When you know right you should live right. You should be the same person in church as you are in the streets. You should be the same person you are with strangers as you are with friends and family. The essence of who we are should be unchanged. Our heart should not be questionable. We shouldn’t speak one way yet act another. It should be consistent and irrefutable. Naysayers shouldn’t be able to dispute you and knock you down. Your character should be your character. Not an act but an is.
A great quote shared by Corrie ten Boom, helps to balance us in our confusion and worry about living right :
“Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you understand in the Bible but do not live by.”
How deep and moving is that message? Some things we just don’t understand, and for those things we shouldn’t rack our brains trying to figure it out—for God will bring the knowledge in due time. But for those things we do know and understand in the Bible, if we aren’t obeying what God and Jesus instructed then we should be more than alarmed—we should be working aggressively to make things right in our life.
We should be praying to God to release us from our self-inflicted bondage.
We should remove what’s wrong in our lives and replace it with what’s right. Our thoughts, speech, dress, habits, obsession with material possessions, false need for instant gratification, and our issues with honesty and loyalty—should all be purged and replaced by examples we would want Jesus to see and commend.
Each day we can work on ourselves. Each day we can embrace more love and pour into others more love. Each day we can rely less on man and human expectations, and lean more on God—and use Jesus’s example to think, speak, live and do BETTER. Each day we should open up and pour out ourselves to God!
Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a Christian or servant of Christ, that some have encountered, I may be the only Bible they have ever heard, and I never want to set a bad example that will turn potential followers away.
Let my thoughts, speech, and actions be that of a dignified and loving ambassador—faithfully representing Your Kingdom. Mold me Father. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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