Are You Setting an Example?

1 Timothy 4:12 tells us to be an "...example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."  In word and in conversation. Isn't blogging using our words and engaging in conversations with our readers?  I think so.  So I would take this verse to mean that we should be an example of a believer on our blogs. What does a believer look like: (The Fruits of the Spirit)

  1. A believer shows loveThe self-denying, self-sacrificing, Christ-like love which is the foundation of one's belief
  2. A believer shows joy - Serving the Lord with a joyous heart
  3. A believer haves peace in their life - Knowing that the Lord is in control and trusting in His plan; not worrying
  4. A believer haves longsuffering - Having patience and steadfastness in everything that comes their way
  5. A believer has gentleness - Being of good temper
  6. A believer has goodness - Readiness to do good in any situation
  7. A believer has faith - Honesty in what they profess and promise
  8. A believer has meekness - Not easy to provoke
  9. A believer has temperance - Having moderation in all things

Not only should we be setting an example to those who read our blog but also to other bloggers - even those who are not Christians. How many times have you seen something controversial on a blog and a fight between two bloggers ensues?  I can't even count on my hands how many times I have seen this happen.  Now I'm not saying you have to agree with what every blogger says or not to voice your opinion, but there is a correct way in dealing with those situations.  (Though that is not what this post is about.)

Don't think for one second other bloggers are not watching what you do and how you conduct business on your blog.  It doesn't matter how new or old your blog is, someone is paying attention to what you do.  Unfortunately we don't always know who those people are - weather they are Christians or not - and it really shouldn't even matter.  How you conduct your blog should be a testament to your faith.