Examples other people set these days discourage me. In all transparency, the example I set myself often discourages me, too. Standards of character and quality seem so low sometimes, and so many people, myself included, seem to often settle for so much less than their best.
Just when I wonder if any solid examples exist, I recall the many people in the Bible who encourage me. In Philippians 2, for instance, Paul both tells us how to live and gives us examples of others to follow.
- Timothy – Genuine friendship
- Epaphroditus – Faithfulness and courage
- Christ – Unity and humility
Paul’s letter encourages me to not only follow the examples set by Timothy, Epaphroditus, and especially Christ, but to also:
- Be humble.
- Be interested in others.
- Stop complaining about others.
- Have the attitude of Christ.
- Hold tightly to God’s word.
- Purpose to be a Godly example.
The Bible is filled with examples of those we can follow as we pursue holiness. Only one, Christ, gives a perfect example, but many others provide examples worthy of following.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13)