“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Parents, if we want our teens to emulate the character traits reflected in this verse, we need to live them out at home. Focus on the Family has some insights on some of those traits:
As parents, let’s make our wrongs right by saying, “I’m sorry.” Our sons and daughters will more easily forgive others when they’ve experienced forgiveness at home.
Teens need to hear us say, “Thank you,” Especially thank them if they choose to confide in you about their secrets and struggles
When you do give advice, talk about how to handle temptation. Tell them you trust them to make wise choices.
Preach the Gospel
Encourage your teen to live a life that emulates the faith, hope and love of Christ so anyone who’s watching will be attracted to Jesus.
Whenever issues arise try to remember that God’s unconditional love for us isn’t based on our behavior. There ARE times when strict discipline is needed. But there are also times our kids desperately need grace. The Bible says mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13).
If we show our teens compassion, they learn to be compassionate. When people are hurting, they need a safe place and understanding — not judgment. Inspire your teens to be that place for someone in need.
In a me-focused world, we need to challenge our youth to see beyond themselves. Our Christ-like examples are the most powerful influence to persuade our teens to be Christ’s disciples. We can equip our teens to offer the world something better — something of eternal value.