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Overcoming the Side Effects of Puberty

Attitude of one of those traits that when you see it exude out of a confident individual, it’s easily recognized. Parents often come face to face with attitude as children begin to experience puberty. By the time this internal change is nearly complete, teenagers tend to verbalize attitude in cruel, inappropriate and vicious manners. Unless this evil transformation is confronted, side effects of puberty will linger into adulthood.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20.

An Old Testament prophet appears to address a similar issue while serving as a spiritual advisor to the King of Israel. Based upon the context of this chapter, Isaiah is bringing forth a rebuke. This prophet receives a negative message from the Lord, blaming their current state of mind on a lack of knowledge of God. This weak spiritual foundation opened the door for evil to be confused with truth and vice versa.

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate, Proverbs 8:13.

A wise king of Israel addresses the need to drop the attitude conceived by puberty in the passage above. The choice of Solomon’s words imply this topic is no laughing matter. Whenever individuals are missing or void of a personal relationship with God, arrogance and pride loom. If these urges aren’t met with resistance, perverted speech will soon follow. Therefore, to avoid falling prey to this internal attack, drop the attitude before it poisons your soul.

by Jay Mankus

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