2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
I imagine that after his conversion, the Apostle Paul was an excellent mentor. The book of Acts mentions several men that Paul counted as sons in the faith. We have letters written to two of these fellow saints: 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Both of these men were ministers of the Gospel in the blossoming Church. Paul admonished them to bear fruit worthy of their calling in terms of prayer, study and meditation of the great Truths, but where would they have been if he had not encouraged godliness in their daily lives?
Without a godly witness, the truth we bear is delivered in a foreign language on dirty paper. It is unsavory and unintelligible. We must repent before we ask others to do the same. Our actions indeed speak louder than our words. Our sins not only quench the Spirit within us, it places a stumblingblock before others. Jesus despised hypocrisy, and we must avoid it.
Joining Paul in his admonition to godly principles and deeds, Peter writes of the saint of God, “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye : and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” (1 Peter 3:11-16)
Our lives should honor God and encourage others. As salt and light, I pray that all of you can find a way to bring purity and truth to those around you today. Amen.