Over the years, lessons on the power of influence have encompassed several key components to developing biblical leaders. One of the most important, if not the most important element involves setting a good example.
We all set an example with every word and action. This is why the phrase was strategically written. We are to set a good example. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he identified five areas where this young preacher needed to provide an example of the believers: speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity (1 Tim. 4:12).
We will not spend time looking at the specifics of each area, but suffice it to say that these five areas are as needed in the church today as they were when Paul penned the words.
As parents, children, siblings, employees, and every other relationship we might consider, our lives should reflect the example set by our Lord.
When we set a good example, the results are significant: 1) we please the Lord, 2) we insure salvation for ourselves and all those who hear us, 3) others know the direction to follow, and 4) our relationships grow stronger.