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.

7 comments:

Karen said...

Good post Sis. Julie.
You are right, there will always be someone watching you when you claim Christ as Saviour and Lord of your life just waiting for you to slip up somewhere so they can point the finger. My sister did this to me when i spoke up to her because she was taking advantage of my mother. Even though i was in the right for doing so. It's funny that the lost seem to know so much about how a christian should act but yet won't try it themselves.
Anyway before i go on too much, i hope your daughter is feeling better soon. God Bless you.

Bro Tim said...

Mrs Julie great Post I believe Christians would live closer to the Lord if they really realized how many people are getting what a Christian is out of their life. We always have someone looking up to us.

Bro Tim

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

We are either being an example of God's goodness are a testimony of being some one who says one thing but does another. I hope that I am never found in that second place. I am sure at times I don't present an accurate picture of My Lord and Saviour but it is my heart's desire.Very good post. connie from Texas

Baptist Girl said...

Julie,
I have shared this other times, it is a quote by Spurgeon that I have posted on my fridge and it is one of my favorite quotes.

My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in "public." Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me."

—Charles Spurgeon

Cristina


Cristina

Sarah said...

Our Assistant Pastor touched on this but he spoke more how our church should model this life together, to love and serve and bless the community God has placed us in.

Hugs.

Pam said...

Great post! I am copying it and pasting it in an email to my son. Never too many reminders for our young people about this subject!

Cindy said...

This is an awesome post Sister Julie. Our everyday lives should show people what and who we are, it should shine through.

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