This is my second installment of a short study I did on teens of the Bible. I have only, however picked two commands that really stood out for me amongst the others.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. ~ 1 Timothy 4:12
This has got to be one of the most pointed commands that we can find in scripture directed at young people/teens. Dont be influenced about what other people think of you, don’t let what they think put you down. Think of what God sees you as: strong, faithful teens with a heart of love ready to go out with courage and purpose into the world and change it. Do not let anyone look down on you, but prove them wrong by setting the standard for teens, by rising the expectations by setting an example to them,
in speech: sanctifying our words in our everyday language, watching our tongue, as it can lift up and pull down in one breath. Think of idle babblings/ idle conversations and gossip. Think of swearing and just the usual sarcasm and hard words that can hurt people, think of the way you say things to your siblings, are you setting example to others in how you talk?
in love: the greatest commandment is to love your neighbours, to love your enemies, to love everyone. Not considering their background, who they are or what they have done. Unconditional love doesn’t think of the person’s sins, it thinks of the soul that is crying out for purpose. Be like Jesus and model yourself to Him, love and then show your love. Show your love to everyone, be the first one to open the door for a stranger, beat your hard-working parents to the kitchen at night and do the dishes, do things when you told, do hard things.
in conduct: how to you show yourself to the world? How do you show people your faith? Faith is shown in the small hard things of everyday life than anything else. How you behave with your grandparents, how you have fun with your peers, how you react to your siblings, and how you let the world know what you are about. Are you conducting yourself in a manner that would show the world that you are Gods child?
in faith: How committed are you? Are you steadfast in your faith, or do you know hardly anything about it? Let your faith grow, ask God to help you in strengthening your faith, to show others that you are dedicated, and always will be. That your no fake, and you have the promise of eternal salvation.
and in purity: this is more talking about physical purity than anything else, but remember that God looks at the heart. Just keeping sex for marriage when you think of guys/ girls in a way that you wouldn’t want your parents or siblings finding out. How would you react if the person you love most could see those thoughts? But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart ~ Matthew 5:28.
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”— Ecclesiastes 12:1
This is pretty obvious, remember God now before life hits you and tumbles you down, and you do not have the strength to get up. How will you get up in your adult years and make good decisions if you are not first trained and dug deeply down into the Father? Who is going to help you then?
I would encourage you to make a similar study yourself, next week I hope to publish about the promises God has promised us teens, have a look at the verses below in your Bible for more commandeds you could study yourself.
Titus 2:6-8; 2 Timothy 2:22; Ecclesiastes 11:9-10; 1 Kings 18:12b; 1 Timothy 4:16a; 15; ; 13; 12