Instruction Manual - Biblical Life Instructions

Everything comes with an instruction manual nowadays; be it a simple bread toaster, a mobile phone, to even a remote flying drone. And by simply following the instructions in the manual, with some head-scratching, we can generally achieve the desired result; How to do it, what to do and what not to do. You will probably say, life can be so much simpler if it comes with an instruction manual as well, right?

Actually, there is…

Firstly, the important initial steps (much like first putting batteries in), are found in these basic foundations:

  1. God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.   1 Timothy 1:2
  2. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled us with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.   1 Timothy 1:14
  3. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.   1 Timothy 1:15
  4. God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.   1 Timothy 2:3
  5. There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.   1 Timothy 2:5-6

Instruction Manual - Biblical Life Instructions Then, the subsequent instructions to biblical living:

  1. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.   1 Timothy 1:4
  2. All believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.   1 Timothy 1:5
  3. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear.   1 Timothy 1:19
  4. Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.   1 Timothy 2:1-2
  5. Men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.   1 Timothy 2:8
  6. Women to be modest in their appearance. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. Women should learn quietly and submissively.   1 Timothy 2:9-11
  7. A leader must have a life that is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.    1 Timothy 3:2-4
  8. God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.   1 Timothy 4:3-4
  9. Be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people and particularly of all believers.   1 Timothy 4:6-7,10
  10. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.   1 Timothy 4:12-13
  11. Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.   1 Timothy 4:14
  12. Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.   1 Timothy 5:1-2
  13. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.   1 Timothy 5:3-4
  14. But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.   1 Timothy 5:8
  15.  If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.   1 Timothy 5:16
  16. Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.   1 Timothy 5:17
  17. Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others.   1 Timothy 5:19
  18. All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.   1 Timothy 6:1
  19. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.   1 Timothy 6:6-7
  20. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.   1 Timothy 6:11-12
  21. Those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.   1 Timothy 6:17
  22. Use money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.   1 Timothy 6:18-19
  23. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.   1 Timothy 6:20-21

Instruction Manual - Biblical Life Instructions These instructions formed the basis or fundamentals and may not be exhaustive; especially considering the modern life and its complexities. Fortunately, we also do have a form of a “Help-desk” – a HELPER, that is 24/7, always there for us; the Holy Spirit, God Himself. We are no orphans, we are never alone on our own.

God Himself is with us!

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.   John 14:15-18

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