4. The Book of Proverbs Shows Your Teen How to Live Sensibly and Act Justly
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The Book of Proverbs is one of the Bible’s most treasured books. Written by King Solomon—famous for his wisdom—the Proverbs pack a punch when it comes to offering compelling instructions on how to live sensibly and act justly.
For example, Proverbs tells your kid not to waste time arguing with a fool because truth is as useless to a fool as legs are to the lame (Proverbs 26:7). By the same token, Proverbs gives your child a heads-up as to when he or she is acting the fool by describing a fool as someone who shuns correction and refuses to learn from their mistakes (Proverbs 15:12).
The Book of Proverbs also encourages teenagers to count their blessings instead of focusing on what others have and they don’t. By stewing in resentment over someone else’s blessings, teens may be inadvertently shrugging off their own. Sagely, the Bible warns that when envy is allowed to grow, it “rots the bones” instead of giving life to the body (Proverbs 14:30).
The Proverbs also help to curb your teen’s temptation to gossip. Gossip ends friendships and provokes arguments. Proverbs teaches your teen not to feed the flames of gossip by instructing that “without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down” (Proverbs 26:20).
Proverbs nudges your kid to be honest by stating plainly that God hates a lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17). Your kid may also think twice about being a troublemaker upon learning that God hates people who stir up conflict among others (Proverbs 6:19).
Equally important is Proverbs’ constant reminder that teens watch over their emotional health in large part by being mindful about the company they keep. Proverbs 4:23 counsels: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
To keep your heart (i.e., your emotions) healthy, Proverbs advises your teen to accept correction from well-meaning friends (Proverbs 27:5-6). Also, your kid should walk with the wise to become wise rather than suffer harm in the company of fools (Proverbs 13:20). Finally, Proverbs insists that befriending angry people is a mistake because it will eventually ensnare your teenager in unnecessary quarrels (Proverbs 22:24-25).
God wants us to be happy and rejoice in Him each day (Psalm 118:24). Whether your teen dives into this list of Biblical books or chooses another section of Scripture, the key is to encourage your child to read the Word and to make a study Bible accessible at home. Cultivating Bible-based confidence gives your teens the tools to overcome insecurities and unburden their worries at the foot of the cross.
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