Why are adults so quick to judge or accuse us teens whenever something happens? Furthermore, how are we to stay true to God in the face of this judgment?
I. Judge With Righteous Judgment
A. Mt 7:1–5 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
1. Jn 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
B. Great caution in criticizing others, especially fellow Christians
1. Jas 4:11–12 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
1. Eph 4:29–32 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
2. 1 Pe 3:10 For, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
Furthermore, how are we to stay true to God in the face of this judgment?
II. Commitment Must Never Depend on Actions of Others
A. If people being unfair to you would pull you away from God, how easy will it be for Satan to capture you for eternity?
B. People may look down on you b/c you’re young
1. Don’t let that lead you to give them a reason to look down on you
2. 1 Ti 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
C. Christianity always involves difficulty
1. Mt 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
2. 1 Co 4:13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
D. Make sure you’re not in the wrong
1. 1 Pe 2:19–20 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
2. 1 Pe 3:14–17 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
III. Respect Your Elders
A. Le 19:32 ‘You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.
1. 1 Ti 5:1–2 Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, 2the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
2. 1 Pe 5:5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
B. Children’s brains not fully mature until early-mid 20s
1. Pr 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
C. Be careful not to discourage the young/weak
1. Lk 17:1–2 He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.
2. Col 3:20–21 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.