One of the biggest difficulties of being a teenage Christian is staying godly, even when everyone at school speaks profanity like a second language. Some days, as you go to school you may feel like Daniel in the lion’s den. Your first instinct to survive in the fight against the “lions” in your school may be to become one. We need to learn to stand firm in our faith and to never conform the ways of the world. When it comes to the language used by those of the world, we have to hold strong in our resolve to have not only pure words but pure minds.
“Set your mind on the things of above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
The book of Colossians tells us that we should not only speak words that have a positive connotation but that our thoughts should follow the same wavelength. Our minds should be on godly things, not earthly things. We should monitor not only our words but our thoughts.
“He went on: what comes out of a person is what defiles them.” Mark 7:20
These are the words of Jesus. We are disciples of Him (Matthew 28:19), and to bring more to the faith, we must be living examples of Him. People should be able to tell you are a Christian by your demeanor. If you heard a person telling a dirty joke, would your first thought be that they were a Christian? Probably not. This is why we need to be more like Jesus.
“Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” 1 John 2:6
1 John 2:6 tells us we are called to be like Jesus. Ask yourself how you can be more like our Father each day. Spend time in prayer and be sensitive to His Holy Spirit. Let God lead you and show you how he wishes you to live your life.
Some additional verses on the subject:
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“Be imitations of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left.” Hebrews 10:26