#VOD: 1 Timothy 4:2

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

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Oh, how this verse speaks to my generation! Not only in the way of nothing letting others think less of us, but even more so about being an example to all…

Let’s be honest here. This generation is not being a good example of Godliness. Yes, there is a lot of amazing things that God is doing throughout His Church, BUT as a whole, it is not looking good…

There is so much judgment, bitterness, anger, hate, division, lust, greed, etc… going on today. Even within the “Christian” community! How can we convince a world that Jesus is exactly what they need when Jesus has not represented the way He should be?! When I was living in the world the majority of what I say from “Christianity” was nothing that I wanted… It wasn’t until I started recognizing the reality of who Christ was & seeing people who truly were an example in the way they lived… THAT’s when my life started to radically change.

When we live different from this world, we set a new tone. We set a tone that should be undeniable. When we live different from this world, it should raise questions as to HOW. When we speak of the life we once lived & the life we have now, it should cause others to be BLOWN away at what God did. It should cause others to question WHY in the WORLD would Jesus die for a person like you & I?!

I’m as broken and jacked up as they come, but that only causes, even more, glory to be given to God. The man I am today is because I want to be an example to all of those in my life… Not in perfection, but it raw, honest, transparent realness…

As you grow a deeper love for Christ, you will begin to realize that we follow & obey OUT OF LOVE, not for His love… Religion tells us we need to act a certain way, speak a certain way, and clean ourselves up enough for His love… BUT Jesus says, “BECAUSE OF my love you start acting a certain way, BECAUSE OF my love you start speaking a certain way, BECAUSE OF my love you are clean.”

You are clean. You are pure. You are made whole again BECAUSE OF His love…

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