The Benefit of Godly Examples, Especially Christ's

The Benefit of Godly Examples, Especially Christ's - John 13:15
Examples are extremely helpful.

Recently, a friend repaired our washing machine by looking at an example of the repair on Youtube, saving us hundreds of dollars. Seeing an actual example of the repair was easier than simply reading instructions.

This is one reason I enjoy Christian biographies. Biblical principles come alive in the lives of God's faithful saints, giving us examples to follow.

Christian friends can also be godly examples, just as ungodly friends can be corrupting examples (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Of course, our perfect example is Christ. 

In John 13:15, Jesus said: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 tells us to “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.”

Philippians 2:5 tells us to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” in our relationships with each other, and 1 Thessalonians 1:6 encourages us to become “imitators” of the Lord.

There’s no doubt about it, examples in our lives matter. Let’s choose the best ones (1 John 2:6).
On page 149 of The Shack, The Shack’s jesus says, “Seriously, my life was not meant to be an example to copy. Being my follower is not trying to ‘be like Jesus’...” 
Many Christians have embraced The Shack as a way to better understand our relationship with Jesus, but this and other errors give a false view of that relationship. See The Shack’s Errors.

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