Let No One Despise Your Youth #265

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Like most everyone else, young people want to be respected. Learning that respect is earned makes a lot of difference. Older people are often respected for their years of experience. The young person overcomes inexperience and gains respect by setting an example of righteousness. Fellow Christians can see how you behave and the motive of love in your actions. Be humble in demeanor, not boisterous and arrogant (a pitfall of many youth). Put your faith in the Lord every day and be guided by the principles of purity and truth. By doing these things, your example will encourage others. Don’t try to impress people with loud words or outrageous conduct. Simply live a godly life. That is impressive to God and to God’s people.