Set an Example

“Example: it starts with you”

The other day I was speaking to a very well meaning mother who said she never gives her children soda at dinner but she drinks it in the kitchen when they aren’t looking. She said they are to “do as I say not as I do.” The reality is that her children will eventually catch on, as you know all children do (they seem to see everything), and the years of her saying they shouldn’t drink soda for dinner will be erased by seeing Mom drinking Pepsi. Why is that? Well another well-known cliché, which happens to be true, is that “actions speak louder than words.” Parents especially would like to believe that if they just say the right things their children will not follow their bad behaviors (i.e. smoking, drinking alcohol, giving in to immorality), but this just isn’t the case. Where you lead they will follow.

Why did Jesus wash the disciple’s feet? Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have SET AN EXAMPLE that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14) He says something very similar, which is recorded in the same chapter of John, “A new command I give you: Love one another. AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, SO YOU MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (13:34-35)

You see that Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of the faith we are living, says that people will know who we are by what we do. All men will know that you truly are or are not a disciple of Christ based on your life. Now you see why Paul admonishes us to watch our LIVES and DOCTRINE. He tells us to persevere in THEM so we can save our hearers and ourselves. Our actions and our words need to be consistent and they must reflect the love of God or we cannot call ourselves disciples. Parents need to understand that these principles apply to our children. They are most likely going to grow up to do as we do, not as just as we say. This is why the proverbs say, “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” If we live the way God calls us to we will be blessed and so will those who follow our example!


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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 20:7 Write this proverb on the lines below and meditate on the lesson contained in this short saying. How does this verse apply to those who have children? What will happen if we don’t lead a righteous life? How does this verse apply to those who do not have children? Are others effected by the way you live your life?

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TUESDAY: Memorize 1 Timothy 4:16. What is the outcome for those who watch both their life and doctrine and who persevere in them? How does this verse relate to this weeks memory verse?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 12:28. Write the verse on the lines below. Examine yourself. Ask yourself this question, “If someone else were to follow my example they would be on the path to…?”

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 14:26 The fear of the Lord benefits us in so many ways. How does it benefit those who come after us? Read Proverbs 8:13 again and remind yourself how the fear of the Lord shows in what we do.

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FRIDAY: Read 1Samuel 2-4 Why do you think Eli’s sons grew up to be wicked men? What did the Lord say to him in 2:27-30? Learn from this example and watch your life and doctrine closely!

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*Family Devotional Ideas:

Read Proverbs 12:28 with your teen and discuss what it means to make a true commitment to the Lord and His Word.

Read or summarize John 13:1-17 with your family. Explain to your children how you want to be like Jesus and be kind to your wife and to others and to them as well. Explain that you don’t want to be angry or mean to others. Rub their feet or wash them as you teach this. Pray together as a family and pray to be like Jesus. Pray for your children to be like Jesus as well!

 

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