Youth Bible Lessons - 3 Helpful Life Lessons For Both Children & Adults
Being a youth in these times is increasingly more difficult as the years pass. The world is turning more and more to darkness, but we need to make sure we are moving closer to the Light of God. There is so much temptation out there to get you to stray from Him, but don’t cave in to temptation. Nothing good comes from it, only heartbreak, confusion, and destruction. None of those things can measure up to the beauty we experience through Christ. If you are in that place where you have turned away, remember that you can always come back without consequence. You will be welcomed with open arms and He will rejoice for your return.
Guard Your HeartProverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” This means to guard, protect, and keep an eye on your hearts. Not everyone you meet is worried about the quality of your heart, or worried about keeping it in one piece. You will meet plenty of people who are all about self-service and do not truly know the meaning of selflessness.
You must understand that the people you let into your heart will affect its condition. You can be more easily manipulated by someone extremely close to you than someone you don’t know. You will learn more about yourself through heartbreak and trying times. Do not let these times get you so down that you can’t see a way out of the pit. Understand that God is always with you and He will remove you from the pit and replace your sadness with joy. He will give you strength to get through any terrible situation. With that being said, evaluate everyone you let enter into your life, but do so through the eyes of God. He will give you the wisdom and understanding to know exactly what spirits you are interacting with.
ForgivenessIn Matthew 18: 21- 22, Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who has sinned against him. Jesus tells him a ridiculously high number (seven times seventy). Understand that forgiveness isn’t always for the person that has sinned against you, but sometimes it’s actually for yourself. If you choose not to forgive someone else of their sins, then your heart becomes hardened and can cause you to stray from God. It causes anger and bitterness that doesn’t need to be in your heart. It’s completely unhealthy.
I can guarantee you that this situation will happen during your life, if it hasn’t already happened to you. We are supposed to imitate the actions and words of Jesus through our lives. He died for those who persecuted Him and killed Him. If Jesus can do all of that, then, surely, we can forgive someone for something they have done to us. The sooner you forgive them, then the problem doesn’t turn into something bigger and worse than it was before. God would have us spread the gospel through love and you cannot truly love with your whole heart if part of it is still angry and bitter at someone else.
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