The power of example

“…And many of the brethren in the Lord, growing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear… “ (Philippians 1:14)

Here’s a very important principle of the Kingdom of God. Paul’s faith “rubbed off” on others. Paul’s confidence in the Lord was infectious, so much so that the brethren who saw his confidence grew more confident themselves. Paul’s fearlessness influenced the brethren, dispelling their fears. They saw a man in chains for doing nothing wrong, only good, treated as a criminal, with the ever present threat of death over his head, and yet this man was fearless, brimming with confidence, spreading the gospel throughout Caesar’s palace, an ambassador in chains, one to whom to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

So, we should never underestimate or undervalue the power of example, how our lives affect other brethren, for better or worse.

 

But, ultimately, it’s vital to have Jesus and the Apostles as your example, and not a guy on TV with a fake smile.

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