Paul was both warning Timothy about other, older teachers around him and exhorting him to live up to higher standards than they were. Paul encouraged Timothy to train himself to be godly (4:7) and to set an example "in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity" (4:12).
For reflection: Whose standards am I following? Am I training myself to be godly? What example am I setting for others?
Let us pray. Jesus, I recognize that there are areas in my life where I am a leader and areas where I am a follower. I always want to be following you and leading others to you.