Let No One Look Down on Your Youth

Text: 1 Timothy 4:12

The characteristics Paul mentions are necessary for all Christians, not just for a young evangelist like Timothy. But how can a young man keep others from looking down on his youth? He cannot control the thoughts of others. So he must control what is in his power to control. He must live in such a way as to give others no reason to look down on his youth.

Though one may be young, he can still be faithful and be an example in the areas Paul mentioned:

In Speech

  • Our speech must be with grace (Colossians 4:6) – emphasis on how we respond to others (Proverbs 26:4-5; 1 Peter 3:15)
  • In our speech we must avoid certain things (Ephesians 5:4)
  • We must use words that will build up, rather than tear down (Ephesians 4:29)

In Conduct

  • Contrary to what many in the world say, youth is no time for one to “sow his wild oats” – one can enjoy youth, but be warned of judgment (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
  • Therefore, even in youth, one must be obedient to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • Obedient to His word, not what we think is right (Matthew 7:21-23)

In Love

  • Love may be defined as putting God & others ahead of oneself
  • Young people are often guilty of being self-centered & self-absorbed – godly young people will put others first (Philippians 2:3-4)
  • Also important to “remember…your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) – one can show love for God by sacrificing for Him (Romans 12:1) & by keeping His commandments (John 14:15)

In Faith

  • Even young people must develop a trust & confidence in God & His word – no matter our age, we cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6)
  • But faith must be personal – a young person will not be saved because his parents are (Ezekiel 18:20); in judgment, “each one” will be judged for his own deeds (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • Even though one may be young, he must have his own faith – comes from the word (Romans 10:17); must therefore ready & study the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15)

In Purity

  • To be pure is to be free from sin – may be applied broadly, but it is especially important to make the point about sexual purity
  • Purity starts with the heart (Proverbs 4:23) – therefore one must keep his thoughts on things that are pure & right (Philippians 4:8)
  • Temptation must be avoided whenever possible – by keeping far from the adulteress (Proverbs 5:8) & by treating young Christian women “as sisters in all purity” (1 Timothy 5:2)

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