Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other. (Matthew Henry, 17th & 18th century minister and author)
Have you heard the saying, “What you do speaks so loud I can’t hear what you say”? Isn’t that true? If your life doesn’t live up to what you say, you are a hypocrite, an actor, pretending to be something you’re not. That mixed message will not only harm your reputation, it may do serious damage to those you wish to teach.
You, however, know all about my teaching, [and] my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance (2 Timothy 3:10).