I Tim. 4:15
"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."
I think the progression here is interesting. In being able to truly help someone spiritually, the first step is "meditation" in the Word.
"Meditate" means "to take care of - revolve in the mind..."
REVOLVE IN THE MIND....
Think through the issues. Ask the questions. Search for answers. Meditate!
Then...give thyself WHOLLY to the scriptures! WHOLLY...COMPLETELY! Let God and His Word be your LIFE! Apply it and let it CHANGE your life! :)
Why? So that thy PROFITING (i.e. progress, advancement in the kingdom of God) will appear to all. So that others will SEE that the scriptures are changing your life and making you a holy person!
And the EXAMPLE of a life lived with true and holy doctrine....the example of a life lived saturated and changed by the holy Word of God....will change the lives of others, too! Amen!