By Steph Nickel
Godly traits should be in evidence in our lives. Here, Steph Nickel points out some of those traits and how to model them.
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We’ve discussed the traits the Lord would have us, as godly women, develop. This time let’s consider the characteristics that are to exemplify all of us.
Once again, let’s review Titus 2:2-8, the passage we read last time: “Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” (ESV).
Self-control is the one trait that is repeated three times in this passage. Older men, younger women, and younger men are instructed to be self-controlled. Plus, the traits that are to mark an older woman’s life require self-control although the trait is not specifically listed.
The following traits can be applied to all of us, no matter our age or gender.
Model Good Works
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works.
While we’re not all called to pastor a church or head a mission’s organization, all Christians give leadership in one way or another. People are watching us, especially if they know we’re believers. True, some are looking for a reason to criticize us or accuse us of wrongdoing, others may genuinely want to know what our faith is all about.
Whether in our home, our workplace, or our community, may we set a good example by the actions we take and the words we speak. May we point others to the truth of the Scriptures and to the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
In your teaching show integrity. We may stand at the front of a church and give a sermon or teach a Sunday School class. We may lead the ladies’ group at our church or head up a community organization. But even if none of these things are true of us, we are teaching others by word and deed every day.
All those lessons are to be marked by integrity. When someone closely examines our life, they should see that we “practice what we preach.” Now, we won’t get it right all the time; that’s a given. Still, we ought to be increasing in godliness day by day.
In your teaching show dignity. Not only are we to exemplify integrity, but we are to exemplify dignity in our teaching as well.
Dignity isn’t a word we use all that often any more, but according to Google, it means “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect, as in ‘a man of dignity and unbending principle.’”
Wouldn’t we all want to be worthy of honour and respect, people of unbending principles? This ought to be our goal especially since 2 Corinthians 5:20 refers to us as “ambassadors of Christ.”
So, whether we are teaching in word or deed, may we seek to do so with integrity and dignity.
Lastly, in your teaching show sound speech that cannot be condemned. Our teaching is to be marked by sound speech.
What would be deemed sound speech according to God’s Word?
Our teaching must line up with the Scriptures. Therefore, we are responsible to study the Bible diligently. It isn’t enough to think we know what it says or pick and choose our favorite passages.
We must study prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to grant us insight and understanding, especially when we come across a difficult or controversial passage.
We must also be patient with ourselves. We will continue to gain clearer understanding with each passing year—if we continue to study the Word.
We must be willing to share what we’ve learned while letting others know we’re still in the process of maturing in Christ and gaining deeper understanding of who God is and what He has revealed in His Word. May we all do our best to be sound of speech in all our conversations.
Final Words About the Just Like Us Series
This is the last devotional in the “Just Like Us” series. I invite you to listen to the previous 49 devotionals and the other series I have uploaded to HopeStreamRadio, as well as the programs by other contributors as well.
Watch for my next project. I will be reviewing a movie or book, fiction or nonfiction, here on HSR.
Be blessed and may we all seek to honour the Lord wherever we go and whatever we do.
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio. Read and hear more from Steph Nickel on the contributor’s page or at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.
Stephanie’s show, “Family Life Lessons,” airs from Monday to Friday on HopeStreamRadio.
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