(1Tim 4:12) says “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
The Apostle Paul writes to a young man of God by the name of Timothy and he tells him in so many words that if he is going to lead there are some characteristics which he must have. He starts out with telling him that he must be an example to the believers. However, there are at least two examples that we can be to believers and they are either Godly or ungodly. But Apostle Paul was encouraging this young man to be Godly. He starts out telling him that he must be an example in Word: Meaning that he is to take heed to what comes out of his mouth. He is to guard his tongue and only speak as the Spirit of God leads him to speak. It is important that a leader or believer monitor what comes out of their mouths because when you say something that’s ungodly to someone you can never get it back, even after you have asked for forgiveness and did everything to make things right with the person or people you have offended. The tongue is a little member but it does some major damage in the body of Christ to relationships. Thus, we must learn to tame the tongue through the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, it can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit because James said “The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8)”. Therefore let us who do know our God be an example in word.
God Bless You