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Set an example for the believers in speech [and] in life. 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

When you go for a physical, the doctor puts you through a series of tests. The doctor knows there are certain functions of the body that typically go wrong, so you’re examined in each of these areas to see what is happening with you.

Paul gives Timothy a way he can examine himself. Consider the first two of these areas for self-examination.

Watch your speech. What have been the dominant subjects of your conversations? What have you been saying to others? What have others been saying to you?

What we say matters. Paul talks about people who go about from house to house. Not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t (1 Tim. 5:13). This applies to your online speech, as well.

What we listen to matters. “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (2 Tim. 2:16). Godless chatter, again, in person or online, spreads like gangrene. So avoid it. Get away from it, because it will destroy you.

How you present your case matters. “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” (2 Tim. 2:23-24). Distance yourself from foolish talk and foolish arguments.

Watch your life. These are your habits, ways of going about things, and how you deal with other people. Watch how you come across. This is a great area to ask someone who knows you well and might see what you miss. We must also watch our conduct with older and younger men, as well as older and younger women (1 Tim. 5:1-2).

In addition to your speech, your conduct really does matter.

Ask the Great Physician to examine your speech and conduct today.


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