The power of the example

To reach God

“My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Every now and then I take my time to look back and see all those things that I have achieved, and I am not only talking about those things that I worked hard for, but also about all those difficult situations that I knew how to get through with God's help. At these times I received many wise words of advice and encouragement, examples of affection that suggested how I should act or what path to take. At a distance already, and seeing how my problems were left behind, I remembered those people with their advice and I realized they often did not conform to the examples they gave.

That is why it seems right to me to talk about the importance of supporting all our words with actions that justify them. It does not make much sense to advise manager, if I do not use the same solution when I am going through a similar situation. Therefore let us remember how Jesus used to be, acting first in silence and then explaining the reason for His actions.

Personally, I think that is the right way to set an example: that your neighbor may see what you do so he may imitate you, but also that he may know why you do it, in order to be able to understand it. It all comes down to preaching by example, just as Jesus did.

For Your Next Prayer

Sometimes it is important to bring yourself to silence and let your actions speak for you. This prayer sums it up perfectly.

Lord, give me the wisdom to back my words with the example that only you give us, to be able to imitate you always and share your word with my actions.

Vivian Cho

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