The youth should be innocent, lively, and vital, and hopeful for the future. However, this world is dark and evil, so many young people can easily follow the evil trends of the world, lose themselves, and even become decadent and depraved, losing their goals and directions in life. These Bible verses will help the youth establish a correct outlook on life, have the confidence to walk the right path of life and thus live within God’s care and protection.
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Although you young people are all like young lions, you rarely have the true way in your hearts. Your youth cannot possibly gain more of My work, but you always provoke My disgust for you. Although you are young, you either lack vitality or lack ambition, you are always noncommittal about your future; it is as if you are indifferent, and also brooding. It could be said that the vitality, ideals, and stance taken that should be found in young people absolutely cannot be found in you; you, this kind of young person, are without a stance and have no ability to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. It’s impossible to find any elements of you that are fresh. You are almost entirely old-fashioned, and you, this kind of young person, have also learned to go with the flow, to be irrational. You can never clearly distinguish right from wrong, cannot differentiate between true and false in matters, never strive for excellence, nor can you tell what is right and what is wrong, what is truth, and what is hypocrisy. In you there remains even more and even graver whiffs of religion than in old people. You are even arrogant and unreasonable, you are quite competitive, and your aggression is very serious—how could this kind of young person possess the truth? How can someone who can’t take a stance stand witness? How can someone who doesn’t have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong be called a young person? How can someone who doesn’t have the vitality, vigor, freshness, calmness, and steadiness of a young person be called a follower of Me? How can someone who doesn’t have any truth or sense of justice, but who loves to play and fight be worthy of being My witness? Eyes that are full of deceit and prejudice for people are not what young people should have, and those that carry out destructive, abominable acts should not be young people. They should not be without ideals, aspirations, or a temperament of enthusiastic advancement; they should not be disheartened about their prospects nor should they lose hope in life or lose confidence in the future; they should have the perseverance to continue along the way of truth that they have now chosen to realize their wish to expend their entire lives for Me; they should not be without the truth, nor should they harbor hypocrisy and unrighteousness, but they should stand firm in the proper stance. They should not just drift along, but they should have a spirit of daring to sacrifice and struggle for justice and the truth. Young people should have the bravery to not succumb to the oppression of the forces of darkness and to transform the significance of their existence. Young people should not resign themselves to adversity, but should be open and frank with a spirit of forgiveness for their brothers and sisters. Of course these are My requirements of everyone as well as My advice to everyone. Even more, they are My soothing words to all the young people. You should practice according to My words. Particularly young people should not be without the resolve for discernment in issues, and for seeking justice and the truth. What you should pursue is all things beautiful and good, and you should obtain the reality of all positive things as well as be responsible toward your life—you must not take it lightly. (“Words to the Young and Old”)