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The Exemplary Child

Key Verse

“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.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Text — 1 Timothy 4:12-16


Exemplary means to be a model, a pattern or a standard in something good. Apostle Paul was encouraging his spiritual son, Timothy to be a role model of a true believer notwithstanding his young age. As Christians, people are watching the way we behave and we must not fail to show them a godly example. But then, godly example can only come from someone that has experienced salvation through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary.

Your godly example will show in the way you talk, interact with others, the way you show love, your faith in God and your holy life. As a child who has tasted the grace of God, you must not allow people to look down on you or talk evil about you on the ground of bad behavior or lifestyle. Rather, people should see your wonderful life and praise God. Remember that you are a Bible to many people who do not care to read the Bible. Let your life be a light in the dark and your watchwords should be “Others may, I must not”

Further Reading

1 Thessalonians 1:5-8

Prayer for today

Lord Jesus, help me to live my life to draw others to You.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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