The Heart of Teens team generally try and make every post relevant to teenagers, but this month we went all out. We brainstormed together and came up with the issues we think teenagers deal with the most on a daily basis. This resulted in posts about: Anger – The Angry Heart: Letting God Win the War; Submission to the government – Humble Submission; Self-image – A God’s Eye-View of You; Depression – Duelling Depression; Anxiety – The Battle of Your Mind; Conflict – Angry Birds and Harsh Words; Trust – Do You Trust Me; Greed – Dealing With Your Inner Gollum; and Purity – Remaining Pure in a World of Impurity.
I can almost guarantee that you struggle with at least one of those things, probably more, and that you face the others in other people on a fairly regular basis. I am not just referring to teens either, adults also face these things. I am supposed to make them practical for you, but I feel like my job is redundant. Take a look at that list of struggles and then go find the article on it because our authors have done a fantastic job of helping you practically already!
What I can do is show you how Scripture deals with these issues. The Bible is relevant today and we forget that. The Heart of Teens team do not want you to think we have all the answers. We don’t! But we do know where to find them, and we want you to find them in exactly the same place. The Bible deals with every single issue we have discussed this month. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
Submitting to the government
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” (1 Peter 2:13-14)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:19-21)
“But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21)
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word” (Psalm 119:9)
So my challenge to you this time is a little harder than usual. Pick one of those struggles, the one that you are faced with most often, and memorise the verse associated with it. So that next time you are faced with that issue you have an answer.