Is My Perfect Example
even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us
an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile
found in his mouth. 1 Peter 2:21, 22
Christ is our example in all things. In
the providence of God, His early life was passed in Nazareth, where the
inhabitants were of that character that He was continually exposed to
temptations, and it was necessary for Him to be guarded in order to remain pure
and spotless amid so much sin and wickedness. Christ did not select this place Himself.
His heavenly Father chose this place for Him, where His character would be
tested and tried in a variety of ways. The early life of Christ was subjected
to severe trials, hardships, and conflicts, that He might develop the perfect
character which makes Him a perfect example for children, youth, and manhood. .
The life of Christ was designed to show
that purity, stability, and firmness of principle are not dependent upon a life
freed from hardships, poverty, and adversity. The trials and privations of
which so many youth complain, Christ endured without murmuring. And this
discipline is the very experience the youth need, which will give firmness to
their character and make them like Christ, strong in spirit to resist
temptation. They will not, if they separate from the influence of those who
would lead them astray and corrupt their morals, be overcome by the devices of
Satan. Through daily prayer to God they will have wisdom and grace from Him to
bear the conflicts and stern realities of life, and come off victorious.
Fidelity and serenity of mind can only be retained by watchfulness and prayer.
Christ's life was an example of persevering energy, which was not allowed to
become weakened by reproach, ridicule, privation, or hardships. . . . And in
just that degree that they maintain their integrity of character under
discouragements will their fortitude, stability, and power of endurance
increase, and they wax strong in spirit.
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