December 4th, 2013 | By admin
By Aunt Mary
In 1 Timothy 4;12, Paul is writing to Timothy about how to behave himself. Timothy was a young man, but way beyond his years in spirituality. Paul tells Timothy in the first part of that verse, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness. . .” He’s telling him to not be a person that is arrogant, a know-it-all, or rude. He’s telling him to respect other people. The rest of the verse tells Timothy how to treat other people whether old or young. “”but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”
As a young man, Timothy had a vast knowledge of what Jesus taught. His mother and grandmother had trained him well. Paul had befriended him and taught him what Jesus taught. He had a lot more knowledge of God’s Word than many older Christians. Still, Paul admonishes him to not be a know-it-all, but speak to the Christians in love. In everything he did, he was to do it with respect for the other person and respect to God.
This is a lesons we can learn today. Young people are not taught to respect older people. I see it even in the church. I’ve had several instances where children I have taught in class have no respect for me or for others. Paul told Timothy to be an example of Christ in his speech. You can’t show respect to Christ and use slang words that are taking God’s name in vain. You can’t call anyone a name and show respect. The things we say and the way we say them make a big impact on other people.
We should show respect to Christ in the way we act. The first impression people make is what they see. Before you open your mouth to say one word, people have already formed an opinion of you. What do you say by the way you act and the way you dress? What does your body language say about you? If your clothes are not something a Christian should wear, you have already made a bad impression.
Do you show that you care for other people? Your eyes tell if you really care about what you are doing. If you love helping others, it’s apparent to everyone. If you are all show, it’s also apparent. If you really love God and mankind, it will show.
Are you faithful to God? It’s well that you attend services of the church, but your faithfulness doesn’t stop there. You should be faithful in studying the Bible, faithful by helping your parents, and faithful to help others by teaching them and showing them what God wants them to do.
Our purity should always be see by everyone. In this day and age, it’s difficult to be a Christian. The fashion world is out to keep you from wearing what a Christian should. Clothes are so revealing, tight, and clingy. It’s hard for a Christian girl to wear what they should. I was shopping with a teen one day and she wanted to go into a very trendy store. The first table had jean leggings. The sales clerk tried to talk her into buying a pair. My young friend looked at me and said, “You don’t want to wear those, they’re too tight.” I respected this person for her statement. I wish more girls felt the same way.
Read 1 Timothy 4:12 again and listen to what it says. It’s a good example for us.