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…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. We know this to be true but we still struggle. Our character should be rock solid, which means you should be the same person in church as you are in the streets, the same with strangers as you are with friends and family. The essence of who we are should be unchanged. Our heart shouldn’t be questionable. Our character shouldn’t be a joke. It should be consistent and irrefutable, 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 help guide 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, 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 that God could commend.
Each day we can work on ourselves and our relationship with God, embracing more love and pouring love into others. Each day we can rely less on man’s ways and 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 ourselves out to God!
Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a 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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