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I am a young person and find it difficult to act like a Christian in front of my friends. What should I do?
Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry about being a good witness for Jesus.
It's wonderful to want to seek after God at such a young age. It is true that as you move into your teenage years and beyond there will be many things that will try and pull you away from your desire to know God and to obey Him. Keep walking with Christ!
It is clear that Jesus loved children and young people, with him saying "let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:14-16)
The first and most important thing to get right, is to make sure you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many young people whose parents are Christians, and have been brought up in a Godly way, but that doesn't make a person right with God. It is vital that you have prayed and asked for forgiveness of your own sin and have asked God the Father to make you His child through the sacrifice on the cross of the Lord Jesus. If you have done this, then God the Holy Spirit will be in you to help you live for Him.
It's also important to realise there is a cost to being a follower of God and that we will face troubles, this includes having to stand up to your friends and act in a way that honours Him even when you are ridiculed for doing so. Sometimes we can face difficult situations in our own families, but even then God tells us: children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honour your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth" (Ephesians 6:2).
Jesus Himself said that we would have difficult times, but that He would be with us in them and help us to grow as Christians through them. "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Paul also tells us that for He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:4-6).
The Bible contains many other promises that will help to give you strength and also encourage you in your walk with Jesus. Here are just a couple: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5)
In summary, it is important that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, placing your trust in him, knowing that he will help you to speak to your friends about him.
It is also helpful for you to equip yourself with the armour of God. Read what Paul writes:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints - and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Psalm 119:9
- Colossians 3:16
- James 4:7
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