Be an Example, Not a Critic

It wasn’t long after God made human beings that they turned against Him and sinned.  God took this rejection in stride and planned for a better day down the road.

That “down the road” experience came when He donned human flesh and lived on earth as one of us – namely, Jesus of Nazareth.  Through Jesus, God taught us how to live in a world infected by sin.  It was by turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, forgiving and praying for our enemies.  More important than merely teaching these things, Jesus demonstrated them with His life.  That is, He practiced what He preached.  He lived what He taught.

Therefore, if we want the world to be a better place, we must follow His example.  That means becoming an example to the world with the  way we live – not merely a critic of the way they live.

Yes, we will have to be honest about sin, and we will not be able to say that wrong is right.  Behind every word we utter, however, should be behavior that is completely consistent with our words.  Only then will we truly be following God’s way, which is to be an example worth following.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything or anyone else – but Him.

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3 Responses to Be an Example, Not a Critic

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    Amen, my dear brother.

    Let’s practice what we preach! ;)

  2. Scarlett says:

    “Therefore, if we want the world to be a better place, we must follow His example. That means becoming an example to the world with the way we live – not merely a critic of the way they live.”

    Isn’t that the truth!? Reminiscent of the Pharisee that said, “I’m not like that publican over there”, we must remove any beams in our own eyes.

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