I was thinking the other day how much like my parents I am. Not so much in looks, but in behaviors and mannerisms, habits, and the like. I can remember saying to myself that I would never say or do what my parents did. But to my horror I found myself saying what my parents would say or doing what they did.
As humans we reflect what we are exposed to. The challenge for me is to make sure that what I demonstrate are Christ traits.
Proverbs 13:20 “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble”.
To get to know someone, you would need to spend time with them, or read about them, and in doing so you may adopt certain behaviors and take on particular views or beliefs. By doing that, the person’s character and values will live on in you. But you do need to know that person.
The Bible is full of instructions on how to have good character; Godly wisdom; love for your fellow man or woman; guidelines on how to live a fulfilling life; commandments to keep us from sinning; and stories of how Jesus lived.
One of the Christian doctrines says; “We believe that the scriptures of the old and new testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the diving rule of Christian faith and practice.”
That is all well and good, but to really understand the significance and importance of what the Bible tells us, we need to know the author personally.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that gives us all we need to live lives that are healthy in thought word and deed. Thank You for making Yourself known to us through Your Word. I pray that we would know You personally so we can reflect You to others. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.