Thursday - September 15, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 Timothy 4:12- 5:3; Matthew 18:6
MAIN IDEA: “Don’t be a stumbling block”
Paul tells us, in Philippians 4:8, to think on things that are pure. What does pure mean? One thing pure means is freedom from contaminated or improper thoughts. We are accountable to God for our thoughts (Matthew 5:28). In 1 Timothy 4:12- 5:3, Paul is telling the young man Timothy many things he must do to ensure that he is setting a Christian example that is pleasing to God.
Thinking on pure things can get more difficult during the summer months because some relax their standard for dressing and justify it because of the heat. That really doesn’t justify less clothing. In excessively hot countries covering exposed skin is the method of dealing with exposure. We really need to think about our motives, both men and women, young and old. A lot of times there seem to be too little thought given to modesty and the effect our dress can have on others or to our positive Christian example.
We sin if we become a stumbling block to others (1 Corinthians 8:9). If your revealing dress causes someone to stumble, two people have sinned. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall be a stumbling block to one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). Our manner of dress may be a good indication of the depth of our spirituality. Christians are to be good examples in manner of life and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12). Our Christian example can be ruined by inappropriate dress as quickly as by drinking, smoking, or using foul language.
APPLICATION: when you choose what to wear, dress so you would not be ashamed if you met Jesus on the street. You will.