God's Desires for Young Men & Women
Each of us are the handiwork of God, like spiritual snowflakes, no two exactly alike. Each of us are like rare and precious jewels, no one is worthless or unimportant in God's plan.
So how should we direct, train, and guide our young men and women as specifically designed by God? Using the Scriptures. Turn with me now and note how specifically the Lord has directed our young men and young women to be - so they can please God by their lives, their choices and their conduct. The key is that more is caught (discipleship) than taught (lecture). Fathers and mothers, what YOU ARE is very much what THEY WILL BECOME!
God's Desire for Young Men
1 Timothy 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
"Pray everywhere" YOUNG MEN SHOULD SEE THEIR FATHERS as MEN OF PRAYER at the table, at bed time, before school, before travel, on the road, alone, in public. Godly fathers just pray EVERYWHERE!
"Lifting up holy hands" YOUNG MEN SHOULD SEE THEIR FATHERS as MEN OF PURITY. When their hands, and lives, and secrets are exposed all that shows are holy hands, cleansed and kept pure by a Spirit filled walk!
"Without wrath" YOUNG MEN SHOULD SEE THEIR FATHERS as MEN OF PATIENCE. The fruit of the Spirit is long suffering patience that grows and takes over my responses!
"Without doubting" YOUNG MEN SHOULD SEE THEIR FATHERS as MEN OF FAITH. Believing God's Word enough to live it!
1 Timothy 2:9-10 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
God's Desire for Women is a Godly Attitude
(I Timothy 2:9-10)
: Two attitudes ought to characterize your approach to worship: "modestly and discreetly" (v. 9). The Greek word translated "modestly" in verse 9 refers to modesty mixed with humility. At its core it connotes a sense
of shame-not shame in being a woman, but shame for in any way inciting lust or distracting others from a proper worship of God. A godly woman will do all she can to avoid being a source of temptation. The word also has the connotation of rejecting anything dishonorable to God. Some would even suggest it means "grief over a sense of sin." A godly woman hates sin so much that she will avoid anything that can produce sin in others.Consider the following dictionary definitions:
YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as "modest": What is that? Moms that means they see you as having a regard for decencies of behavior or dress; quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not displaying one's body; not boastful or vain; unassuming; virtuous; shy or reserved; chaste.
YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as "proper": Moms that means they see you as having a specially adapted or suitable manner; appropriate; conforming to an accepted standard; correct; fitting; right; decent.
YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as "discreet": Moms that means they see you as having a lack of ostentation or pretension; showing good judgment; prudent; cautious; careful about what one says or does.
 John MacArthur, Different By Design, (
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