In everything, set an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness & soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us" -Titus 2:7-8
To me, this is saying - you do or say what is right, & people cant say anything bad... they're going to look dumb if they do!
But then I realized something as I was going over this verse daily for the past 15 days...
People are STILL going to condemn! People are STILL going to say bad things about me - or you! No matter how well you are doing something - no matter how well the intent of teaching others, there will ALWAYS be someone who will speak ill - someone who wants to drag you down!
So even though I'm looking at this with an attitude of "today" - I've been looking at it wrong!
I really think when we all stand before God - is that when the feeling of "shame" will be felt? Because I know some people will NEVER be ashamed of what they say about someone - no matter how wrong it is!
Will I feel shame for something I said? Will you?
I just know for me - it pushes me to be an even more accountable youth leader! I want to stand before God & know I did teach with integrity, seriousness & soundness of mind! And that even goes further then a "class room" setting... I want to teach my nieces, my grandson, my friends with those same values!
In the end... I know I want to live a life where no one has any ground to stand on when they accuse of anything! How about you?