Saturday, April 14, 2007
Are You Guilty?
I Timothy 4:12 "...be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
pure-free from guilt or defilement, chaste
guilt-the fact of having done something wrong or committed an offense
Whether we realize it or not, we are being an example to someone each and every moment of each and every day. An example is a model to be followed or avoided. The question is...are we being an example to those around us that Jesus would be pleased with? Are we obeying God's Word in every way or are we obeying in some things and not in others. God says what He means and means what He says.
Whether we realize it or not...others are watching us. And believe it or not...if we profess to be saved we can rest assured that others are watching our lives to examine us and they are looking to see what is different about us. You'll have those who genuinely want to see something different in order to learn from us. But then you will have those who are watching so they can point out how we aren't so different. Everything we do should be different.
Some have asked me and my husband why we chose to teach our children about courtship. We do so for many reasons...one of which is because God wants all that we do to be contrary to the ways of the world. If the worlds way is dating...then God's way (according to His Word) is courtship.
Ronnie and Jessica are being an example to everyone around them of what God desires for a Christian couple to do in their relationship before marriage. People will be studying their every move. Some will be waiting for them to mess up in order to prove that it can't be done. They'll be waiting for them to be found together alone or be found touching or anything that might give someone reason to say they are guilty of something they shouldn't be doing.
It's that way in all of our lives. We should live our lives in such a way as to not give anyone reason to accuse us. Watch what you do and watch what you say. Stay prayed up so you are less likely to be guilty of doing something contrary to what God expects of you. The devil wants you to mess up and give others reason to accuse.
Are you a good person? Take this test and find out.