Words from the Heart for Saturday March 27th, 2021
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
There are currently some 9 million youth in Canada aged 15-34. They currently represent – and will continue to represent – about one-quarter of the country’s population…compared with well over one-third in the 1970s. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of youth aged 25 to 34 increased the most; the number of youth aged 15 to 19 declined. In 2016, 35% of young adults, 20 to 34, were living with their parents, up from 31% in 2001. The increase was largest for youth aged 25 to 29.
God loves children. We see that often in the Gospels, as Jesus calls children to Himself and then blesses them. He uses them as an example of how we need to be in order to get into His Kingdom. But His love for young people doesn’t change as they get older. Many of the disciples were young people – John was probably around 12 when Jesus called him to follow, and others were likely in their teens. Recent studies show that most followers of Jesus commit their lives to Him before their 15th birthday. So, it isn’t surprising that the Bible speaks to youth. The Psalmist writes this in Psalm 119:9: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” King David understood the temptations that youth face. He wasn’t always successful himself as a young man in living according to godly principles. Out of his sin, he learned something important. As a young person reads God’s Word and commits their life to following its precepts, equipped by the Holy Spirit they are able to live a life that honours the Lord. This is good advice for young people today as well.
These have been words from the heart.