One Example of Paul Practicing What He Preached

Sterling Franklin


Romans 2:21-23:
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? 
thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit 
adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law 
dishonourest thou God?

One Moral of this passage: Practice what you preach.

What if you tell a friend not to steal something from a store and are 
in jail a week later for stealing a golf club? What kind of testimony 
would that be to them? We need to follow through on obeying what we 
already know from Scriptures and take responsibility in learning new 
lessons in life through the Bible.

You may then ask the question: since Paul wrote the epistle Romans to 
the Christians in Rome, did he practice what he preached?

Let's look at one big category Paul talked about: Prayer.

Just a few examples of Paul Praying:

What Paul wrote/preached to the church of the Thessalonians (while he 
was in Athens):

   "Pray without ceasing" - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

What Paul did:

   "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of 
his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my 
prayers;" - Romans 1:9

   "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and 
love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making 
mention of you in my prayers;" - Ephesians 1:15-16

   "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every 
prayer of mine for you all making request with joy," - Philippians 1:3-4

So Paul had a major weapon against the devil, and that was Prayer. He 
sharpened up his knees and kneed some damage in Jesus' Name to the 
devil's kingdom. We should, too!

Praying without ceasing means be in persistent prayer, not just once a 
week or month or year, but be in a state of prayer all the time. If you 
stay pent up in a closet all day (unless God really told you to) and 
don't come out, you are not witnessing and sharing Your Faith to others. 
I think that there is a definite balance, and notice that Jesus didn't 
sit in the temple all day and pray. He taught in the temple, preached 
on the mount, healed others, "did His Thing" - and that was a God Thing, 

Prayer is a powerful gift from God, though. He who guards you will 
never slumber nor sleep, and you can be sure because God's Word is 
infallible and Psalm 121 is the chapter reference :). We will discuss 
later on how Paul asked for prayer, too. He wasn't 'above' prayer, but 
relied on it instead. Interesting.....



Study Date: Feb 16, 2002 21:21 PST

Category: Bible Study

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