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“A Good Example”

As a Christian, you have influence in this world.  Carefully consider the following words of the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee:

“There is a tremendous influence exerted by the life of one individual –and the influence is more potent when it is in the wrong direction.  No matter who you are, you occupy a place of influence.  You are preaching to those around you by the life that you live.  Someone is following in your footsteps –where are you leading him?  Somebody is looking at you and watching to see whether or not you mean business with God.  Does your life suggest that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun?  You, today, are pointing men to heaven or to hell.  Now if you want to go to hell, that’s your business, but you have no right to lead those who surround you there.”

Do you agree?  Let’s see what the Bible has to say:

“The Good”

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that…they may because of your good deeds… glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Philippians 2:15 “Appear as lights in the world holding fast the word of life.”

Philippians 1:27 “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other JUST AS God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Philippians 4:5 “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.”

Hebrews 3:13 “Encourage one another day after day.”

Philippians 2:3-4 “With humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 “Always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and tend to your own business… and behave properly toward outsiders.”

Titus 2:12 “Live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.”

2 Timothy 2:24-26 “Be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses.”

1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people.”

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.”

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 “Do all to the glory of God.  GIVE NO OFFENSE…please all men in all things, not seeking…own profit but the profit of the many so that they may be saved.”

2 Corinthians 6:3 “…GIVING NO CAUSE FOR OFFENSE IN ANYTHING, so that the ministry will not be discredited.”

1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution.”

1 Peter 2:15 “By doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”

James 5:12 “YOUR YES IS TO BE YES, AND YOUR NO, NO.”

Ephesians 4:25 “Laying aside falsehood, speak truth.”

James 1:19 “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”

1 Peter 3:11: “Seek peace and pursue it.”

Romans 12:18 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”

Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control.”

1 Peter 3:8: “Be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead.”

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, PERFECTING HOLINESS in the fear of God.”

“The Bad”

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.”

1 Corinthians 5:11 “I wrote you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person.”

Ephesians 5:3 “Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you.”

Ephesians 5:5 “Know with certainty that no immoral or impure person or covetous man…has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

1 Timothy 6:9 “Many foolish and harmful desires …plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

Galatians 5:20-21 “Enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissentions, factions, envying…those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:4 “There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting.”

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but ONLY such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment.”

Titus 3:9 “Avoid foolish controversies.”

2 Timothy 2:16 “Avoid unworldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and….will spread like gangrene.”

Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

Titus 3:2 “Malign no one.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Make sure your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have.”

James 2:9 “If you show partiality, you are committing sin.”

1 Peter 5:5 “God is opposed to the proud.”

Romans 13:2 “Whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God.”

James 4:17 “To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

1 John 3:10 “Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”

“The Ugly”

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless…It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out.”

Revelation 21:8 “Immoral persons and all liars… will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.”

Romans 1:29-32 “Filled with… greed… envy… strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers… insolent, arrogant, boastful…without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful.  Those who practice such things are worthy of death.”

James 2:13 “Judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy.”

Matthew 18:6-7 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea…WOE TO THAT MAN THROUGH WHOM THE STUMBLING BLOCK COMES!

Now, examine yourself –what is your “verdict?”  Who of us does not have some work to do in order to be a better example  at home, on the job, in school, or on the street?  Higher ground is ever before us –it is a life-long climb.  If the standards seem overwhelming, troubling, or “impossible,” then shift your thoughts from yourself and onto your Savior for a moment.  Jesus lived these standards daily and without interruption.  “Worthy is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:12).  He is worthy of our love, devotion, obedience, service –and our absolute best example.

All images and authorial texts Copyright © Brian M. Heaphy
Scripture verses and verse segments are taken from The New American Standard Bible ®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Emphasis (word capitalization and bold face) added by author.

About Brian Heaphy

Brian Heaphy is a former U.S. Navy SEAL Officer, Federal Officer, and Wilderness Guide who now makes his home in Alaska’s remote upper Yukon River valley. While practicing a subsistence lifestyle, he photographs Creation and writes about “Living On Purpose at The Speed Of Life.” TM Brian most enjoys formatting his award-winning images as Scripture-versed note cards and Christmas cards. These Christian cards (along with his museum-quality prints and stretched-canvas products) are available for viewing and sales at www.brianheaphy.com (view the cards via the “Product Information” page). Brian’s work may also be found at fine art galleries, museums, and gift shops nationwide.

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