“Be what you would have your pupils to be.” – Thomas Carlyle.
Our lives call for the need of self-control and self-sacrifice. Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” In other words if you don’t have self control in your life anything can come and rule over you. Whether it is passing along a bit of gossip or a small lie or something far worst, sin is allowed to creep in where self-control is lacking.
Proverbs also calls the person with no self-control a fool. A fool cannot hope to make a positive difference to the lives of the people around him. Instead we as mentors need to learn to live with self-control, leading an exemplary life, showing and maintain positive habits.
James 3:2 says ‘we all stumble in many ways.’ Yet while we live in this fallen world, we must still strive for holiness. We spoke already of how the goal of mentoring is to help someone reach their full potential in Christ. We cannot tolerate sin in our lives if we hope to be like Jesus.
Mistake and sins are an unfortunate part of life and we must therefore even lead by example in the way we deal with our error. The Christian life involves the pursuit of holiness in every area of life.
It also means confession and repentance for 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”