“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:12 NASB)
Don’t give anyone a reason to despise you. Set the bar high by being an example of what it means to love and follow Christ. The stereotype of young people doesn’t have to be the mold you fill. Practice holiness, purity, godliness, selflessness, and love. Does your character remind others of Jesus?
- Are you passionate for the glory of God’s name and the good of your neighbor?
- Do you love sacrificially?
- How do you spend your time?
- What are your top three priorities in life?
- Do you have a long-term plan that reflects biblical goals?
There are many places in Scripture that tell us how to live. Here are two passages that immediately came to mind:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB)
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:12-17 NASB)
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