The Power of Example

3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. (see I Peter 3:1-2)

This devotional comes from my book, Dealing With Difficult People: 31 Empowering Christian Devotionals For Those Dealing With Negative, Manipulative, or Mean People. (Click here to see the book or go to

Notice that Christian wives are urged to live such pure and reverent lives that their unbelieving husbands may be won over to the Lord.

In like manner, some of the difficult people in your life may be won over to being less difficult to deal with, by your example.

It is one thing for a person to hear you talk. But it is another for them to see you walk.

Difficult people need to see you handle difficult situations in godly ways. They need to see how you handle it when someone is being mean to you, ignoring you, or taking credit for your hard work.

They need to see that there are Christian alternatives to being difficult to get along with. Make this the day that you work on being a better example.


1. Think about a time that you have been inspired by someone’s example who did not really say much to you.

Think about someone who spoke a great deal to you but their example was so distracting. Compare these thoughts to the idea of you setting a great example.

2. On a scale of one to five, where five means you are doing great and no further action is needed, how would you grade your living by this principle (i.e., setting a great example)? If your grade is under four, what are you going to do to improve in this area?


Marvelous and example setting God, the One who always models godly behavior, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for always showing me how to live. I confess that I have ignored Your example, perhaps especially in dealing with difficult people.

Please forgive me and help me to focus more in living up to your will, in this area. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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