“Clean living” would be the lifestyle Christ Jesus modeled. Moreover, for us, this means personal sacrifice and maturing repentance (learning along the Way). These two go hand in hand.
In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul describes moving from unforgiveness and all the physical, emotional, and spiritual results of that in our lives to forgiveness.
Yet… even though we have God’s full support… we must recognize that God is good and not us. The best we can do is reflect Him.
What we are to follow is a source outside ourselves: Jesus.
God arranged the created order with ‘relationship’ at the core of His design.
He is to abide in nothing other than the Word. He is to tell others to do the same.
In the end, he tells Timothy to hold fast to the word of God. Holding fast to the Scriptures is the one trustworthy means of living life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Being a Christian takes a lifetime of faithfulness.
The Apostle Paul set’s up the truth that being a disciple of Jesus Christ takes self-discipline, self-control, and determination to be successful and deeply faithful.