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OTHERS ARE WATCHING YOU

Smoke rose over a neighbourhood where 18 people died and 850 had been arrested in street riots. Jon Walker said: 'My dad, a special investigator for a government agency, sat with me watching the violence on TV. In a matter-of-fact manner he said, "That's exactly where I'm scheduled to be today"...I said, "Why go?...Tell them you can't come...reschedule"...He looked at me and said, "Why wouldn't I go? It's my job."' Walker continues, 'It was an "Aha" moment for me...of course he'd go. He'd made a commitment... to be where he was supposed to be regardless of circumstances. The same way he flew Cold War reconnaissance missions...the same way he took pictures showing Cuban missile sites being assembled...the same way he stood with me day in and day out throughout his life. In that moment I grasped the example. I understood the importance of remaining committed, regardless of the difficulty or how unreasonable it might seem...My dad spoke more by what he did than by what he said...his example became the story of God at work in a human life.'

Question: What would happen if people followed your example instead of your advice when it comes to your work ethic, your online computer use, your integrity in business, and how you treat your family? Be honest! Paul challenges each of us to 'be an example...in word...conduct...love...spirit...faith...purity' (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV). He told Titus, 'In everything set them an example by doing what is good...show integrity.'

If you think that sounds like a tall order - you're right. But 'His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness' (2 Peter 1:3 NIV).

Soulfood : 2 Chr 19-21, Lk 16:19-31, Ps 119:113-120, Prov 22:1-3

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OTHERS ARE WATCHING YOU

Smoke rose over a neighbourhood where 18 people died and 850 had been arrested in street riots. Jon Walker said: 'My dad, a special investigator for a government agency, sat with me watching the violence on TV. In a matter-of-fact manner he said, "That's exactly where I'm scheduled to be today"...I said, "Why go?...Tell them you can't come...reschedule"...He looked at me and said, "Why wouldn't I go? It's my job."' Walker continues, 'It was an "Aha" moment for me...of course he'd go. He'd made a commitment... to be where he was supposed to be regardless of circumstances. The same way he flew Cold War reconnaissance missions...the same way he took pictures showing Cuban missile sites being assembled...the same way he stood with me day in and day out throughout his life. In that moment I grasped the example. I understood the importance of remaining committed, regardless of the difficulty or how unreasonable it might seem...My dad spoke more by what he did than by what he said...his example became the story of God at work in a human life.'

Question: What would happen if people followed your example instead of your advice when it comes to your work ethic, your online computer use, your integrity in business, and how you treat your family? Be honest! Paul challenges each of us to 'be an example...in word...conduct...love...spirit...faith...purity' (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV). He told Titus, 'In everything set them an example by doing what is good...show integrity.'

If you think that sounds like a tall order - you're right. But 'His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness' (2 Peter 1:3 NIV).

Soulfood : 2 Chr 19-21, Lk 16:19-31, Ps 119:113-120, Prov 22:1-3

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CARE ENOUGH TO CONFRONT

'Warn...those who are out of line...encourage the timid...help...the weak.' Sadly, we'd rather stay quiet and be popular than speak difficult truth into the lives of others. One member of the Blackaby family writes: 'A church isn't a group of individuals who happen to meet in the same place every week; it's a spiritual body...a loving family. It's far easier to comfort and encourage than to warn or exhort, but both are necessary. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love so that the whole body may "grow up in all things". If we don't take the time to exhort, encourage, warn, comfort, uphold and be patient...we [all] suffer in the end. Your body doesn't function properly when one part is hurting or performing poorly. And the church suffers when one of its members is unruly, fainthearted, weak, or falls into bad doctrine. Letting a body part fester, or not supporting a part that's hurt, can lead to irrecoverable damage...letting serious issues go unaddressed does a grave disservice to the member in question.'

As parents we love our children too much to let bad behaviour go unchecked. Down the road we know it will negatively affect their attitude toward authority, relationships, accountability and personal discipline. We care enough to correct and guide them. Paul says, '...if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted' (Galatians 6:1 NIV).

The truth is the only safe ground to stand upon, and your goal should be to speak it in love.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 16-18, Lk 16:1-18, Ps 119:105-112, Prov 21:28-31

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