First Timothy 4:12 says, "Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity." Yes, Paul's writing to Timothy—giving Timothy words to literally live by in front of believers. How's this play out in our lives as dads? And why should it matter today?
Timothy was to live as a spiritual example of what a believer truly can be. Paul's goal in writing and mentoring Timothy was so the people in Ephesus could develop godliness by looking at Timothy's example. Hello #DadGoals! Imagine fathering with the goal of your child modeling the Christian example to a watching world. Sounds like a plan to me.
Paul is literally encouraging Timothy in this passage. Just as we should encourage our kids. People smarter than I have pointed out these five things are really two categories: traits #1 and #2 are OUTWARDLY observed or public traits while #3, #4 and #5 are INWARDLY observed or private traits.
#1 The godly dad is an example in speech.
#2 The godly dad is an example in conduct.
#3 The godly dad is an example in love.
#4 The godly dad is an example in faith.
#5 The godly dad is an example in purity.
Why should we care about all of this?
Question: Are you discipling your family with the end in mind? What's one thing you can do on this list to better live out the example you need to set for your child? Tell us in the comments below, tweet @manhoodjourney or email us.
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