Topic: Whatsoever Things are of Virtue [Open Heavens for Teens 7 February 2019]
Memorise: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” – Proverbs 23:7
Read: Philippians 4:8
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Bible In One Year: Leviticus 1-3, Matthew 24:23-51
Virtues refer to good behavior. As a teenager, this is the best time to start forming your virtues. The formation of virtues begin from the way you think.
When you see two people quarrelling, rather than think of getting them angrier to make them fight so that you can see who will win, think of separating them. This way you will form the virtues of a peacemaker.
When you have done something wrong and your parents or teacher asks you about it, rather than thinking of a lie to tell, tell the truth and think of a way to correct your wrong, that is how to build the virtue of repentance.
If you are asked to do something that you don’t fell like doing, rather than think of a way to escape and do what you want, kill that thought and do what you are told, that is how to form the virtue of obedience.
Think on things that are of virtue. If you are always thinking of partying or having a boyfriend or girlfriend, sooner or later, you will find yourself doing that, and the end will not be good.
Always think of behaving and doing things right, you will soon become full of virtues. As you think, so you will become.
Don’t think or imagine yourself doing anything bad, always imagine yourself doing good things and behaving right.
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.