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Traveling In Faith

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

1 Timothy 4:11-16 KJV
(11) These things command and teach.
(12) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
(13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
(14) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
(15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
(16) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

The other day as my husband and I traveled back home we were listening to a country station. It was daylight and the radio began to do a commentary with sexual content. It was about 9:30 AM and all I could think was why is this on at this hour. Are there no more content guidelines in our world? Has all the Christians closed the doors so people cannot hear their voices. Needless to say the commentary only got worse then better. Then I realized how seclude our life in the hills are at time. We only hear about the neighbors’ dirty laundry five days a week and it matters not if it morning, noon or night. No it just does not go normally over the airwaves the neighbors’ laundry. It just played out in life cycle of life.

Paul instruction to young Timothy might seem like preaching to a child, but it is a good reminder for any age. As Christians it is our duty to set the example and none of us do it well. The point is not about perfection, but about living your life unto God and his principals for living a good life. Those in the bar may at the hour of work know how to conduct themselves in a business fashion, but give them five minutes after a few beers, they will know very little on how to conduct themselves. Get a person angry for a minute and see how quick they loose their self-control. Human nature plays and fights against the will of God.

If no one ever told you something was wrong would you still live by schoolhouse rules in society? To shun evil and to live a life according to God’s will as believer or a non-believer makes no difference. There many people that are non-believers that chooses to live in appearance a holy life. Life of discipline and life of love and charity toward others is simplest rule of conduct in social settings that out trump any circle of people, despite language and so forth. Even those in a bar will take note of those who care little for others. Those in the Christian circle take note of less charitable of givers.

The benefits of what is taught in the Christian world are beneficial to all and not just the believer. Yet the life style of love and charity should be found in a believer’s life. These are things fitting a believer in faith in Christ Jesus. These acts should not be done by discipline but by the Spirit of God. Giving because you felt you must is not the way to give, but a discipline action that can be learned will cause you to land up helping people sin more then giving them help. If you walk by the Spirit in faith, then your love and charity will not come back void. It might take time for the receiver of your thoughtfulness and love to demonstrate compassion back or to receive Christ. Yet if you did it only to change someone, you have done it for the wrong reason. It is our duty to set the example in how to live. No one does it perfectly, but if we will learn to obey God, and desire to obey God, He will enable through His Spirit by teaching and correcting us on how to live and walk in His ways. The world around us might continue living as they do for they exist in Christ day as well as in our day. The dirty laundry of the neighbor spilled out in scripture is only a reminder of how our world truly is. Yet God desires better things for us. He desires us to have hope, peace, self-control, obedience to his Word and most of all faith. By our life style we live, we become a living example of either how to live or not to live.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to live by your rules and obedience to your will. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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