Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT
The Bible is God’s instruction manual! If we have questions about LIFE and HOW to LIVE it to the GLORY of GOD, then the BIBLE IS YOUR GUIDE! Jesus Himself told us in John 14:6; I am the Way, and the Truth and the LIFE, nobody comes to the Father except THROUGH ME! In John 1 we are told that Jesus and the Bible- the Word of God are ONE! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1,14a) In 2 Timothy 3:16 we are also told; All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. See, GOD’s way to LIVE is demonstrated in JESUS life, and the WORD of GOD- HIS WORD!
Leader, Men we MUST fight the lie of the WORLD, “Men don’t matter and white men, matter even less”. For God’s WORD tells men to: Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13) Jesus also has THE WAY for women; She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. (Proverbs 31:25-31) Ephesians 5:3-5 tells us clearly, HOW TO LIVE; But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God!
Conduit, 1 Timothy 4:15-16 RE-MINDS us to Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. Matthew Henry expands this thought in his commentary: Men’s youth will not be despised, if they keep from vanities and follies. Those who teach by their doctrine, must teach by their life. Their discourse must be edifying; their conversation must be holy; they must be examples of love to God and all good men, examples of spiritual-mindedness. Ministers must mind these things as their principal work and business. By this means their profiting will appear in all things, as well as to all persons; this is the way to profit in knowledge and grace, and also to profit others. The doctrine of a minister of Christ must be scriptural, clear, evangelical, and practical; well stated, explained, defended, and applied. But these duties leave no leisure for worldly pleasures, trifling visits, or idle conversation, and but little for what is mere amusement, and only ornamental. May every believer be enabled to let his profiting appear unto all men; seeking to experience the power of the gospel in his own soul, and to bring forth its fruits in his life. Amen!