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Being an Example
By Linda Ranson Jacobs

“Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12b (New Living Translation)

Example is one of the most powerful messages you have. In this scripture we are told to be an example in love, faith, and purity. It would be good for all single parents to grab hold of this scripture. Take some time to think about it and incorporate it into your parenting skills. Living by example will send a much more powerful message to your kids than anything you can say.

When I first became a single parent I have to admit, I didn’t set a very good example for my kids. But thankfully the Lord brought me around and when I went to His Word, I found example after example of how I could parent my children by myself. Isn’t that ironic that we are told to be an example and when you go to His Word, God teaches us by example. Jesus taught by example by modeling how he wanted his disciples to act.

Saying one thing to your children but doing something different yourself only serves to confuse your children. Our actions and words have to match each other if we are to make sense to our children. Why not take the confusion out of their lives by living what you want from them?

Let’s say you’re on the phone and your child just has to tell you something. You tell your child not to interrupt you when you’re on the phone. The next day your child gets a phone call and you interrupt by asking, “Did you do your homework yet?” What did you just do? What did you just model?

Another way of thinking about this is to think about honoring your children. We all want our children to honor and love us as their parent. But do you model honor to them? Ephesians 6:1 (NLT) “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” You can honor your children by setting the example for them. Honor God first and do this in front of your children in word, in deed, and in the way you live your life.

Make the words “in your love, your faith, and your purity” your motto this month.


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