• Be thou an example
If we wish to effectually serve Christ let us pay supreme regard to our own conduct.
A careless walk interferes materially with the duties of those in the truth. It not only forms a bad example – and example is by no means an unimportant element in the work of the truth – but it robs us of our courage in speaking to others.
For a brother to speak with effect he must be sincere, and to be sincere he must be consistent. Who could exhort others to meditate day and night upon the word when he himself was indifferent to it? Or to shun the carnalising amusements of the godless world whilst he himself indulged in them? Or to love the brethren whilst he himself fostered hatred towards a particular one? Or to resist not evil whilst he himself fights tooth and nail to secure his rights? Or to be benevolent when he himself is covetous? Or to forsake not assembling together when he himself is often absent?
A few may be clever enough to act the double character for a time. But it cannot last long (1 Jno. ii. 19), and whilst it does the Spirit repudiates the service (Ps. l. 16–23).
The Christadelphian, July 1887