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JUST DO IT - Youth Sunday

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But an example in what? Well, Paul here cites five areas where this young man, or any of us for that matter, might set an example with our lives. [7] He lists: ‘speech, conduct, love, faith and purity.’ Two of them, speech and behavior, refer to our public life, what other people are see about us. And three of them, love, faith, and purity, - they are more inner qualities. They have to do with our inner selves, the life of our spirit, our hearts. They are inner qualities. But our inner qualities, they have a way of coming out, manifesting themselves, in our public lives. People see them in our daily walk. So our spirits offer up examples. But Paul cites these five areas where young Timothy might ‘set an example’ to those around him: ‘speech, behavior, love, faith and purity.’ 1. Set an example in Speech He begins by telling Timothy to, ‘set an example in speech’. And it is not surprising that speech is the first thing Paul mentions. Because, our speech has such an impact on the world around us! How do you feel when you’re criticized? Contrast that with how you feel when you’re honored! Our speech has a huge impact on the people around us! [8] Paul reminds us first and foremost to, ‘Set an example with our speech’. And whether that be through tone of voice or the words we choose, we should, as Christians, ‘Set the world an example with our speech’. 2. Set an example in Behavior Paul also tells us to ‘set an example…with our life.’ The word there in the Greek is literally, ‘behavior’ or ‘conduct’. We should ‘set an example with our conduct.’ I’ll see you right after the resurrection!
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