Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
"Foolishness is tied up with the heart of a boy" (Proverbs 22:15)
The foolishness in the heart of a youth can easily lead him or her astray. Something that can help to counter this is Bible-based discipline. Many Christian youths whose parents do not share their faith seek to find and apply principles set out in the Bible. Others benefit from the wise advice of spiritually mature ones in the congregation. Regardless of who gives Bible-based counsel, submitting to it can lead to happiness both now and in the future. (Hebrews 12:8-11) Many a youthful heart lacking beneficial discipline has fallen prey to foolish ways, such as a competitive spirit, covetousness, fornication, the love of money, and the pursuit of pleasure. These reflect "desires incidental to youth," from which the Bible urges us to flee. (2 Timothy 2:20-22) Fleeing requires that a Christian youth guard against unwholesome influences, wherever they might surface.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 1:19, 20)