5 Powerful Bible Verses for a Rebellious Teenager

Dear friends, if you are the parents of rebellious teens, then you’ll love these 5 powerful Bible verses for a rebellious teenager. Very rarely do I meet a parent who hasn’t experienced having their teen be a bit rebellious in one way or another. And that’s why it’s so important to discuss a season of parenting that includes the very opposite of “rainbows and glitter.” Keep reading for several Bible verses, straight from God’s Word, that you can declare and decree over your teenager’s heart during their rebellious times.


Why is my teenager rebellious?

Most Christian parents question, with a heavy heart, where they went wrong and why their child is going through rebellious teen years. Rest easy, Mom and Dad. You are not the only one attempting to raise your children in the instruction of the Lord. Countless other families experience similar seasons and the answer for getting through them is the same – total trust and dependance on Christ Jesus and the Word of God.

However, to answer the age-old question of why teens rebel it typically boils down to a few select things:

  • One, young people reach a certain age where they begin reasoning between depending on their godly parents versus their own ideologies. In other words, they reach an age where they think they know best.
  • Second, teenagers can easily be influenced by the world and environments around them. Even if they attend the top Christian school or homeschool, do mostly Christian-based activities, and are only friends with other believers, the spirit of rebellion still exists and persuasion is still possible.
  • Last but not least, some teenagers enter a rebellious phase as a way of communication. They may not feel comfortable talking about certain things that are bothering them and instead “act out” in what appears to be a rebellious manner. 

Keep reading for Scripture References you can stand on to get your rebellious teenager, and your entire family through this difficult time.

5 Bible Verses for a Rebellious Teenager

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Dealing with a rebellious teenager is more difficult than with younger children. Once a child reaches the teenage years, there becomes a different degree of deliberate defiance and the knowing of wrongdoing. Although it is heartbreaking to watch, keep the end goal in mind – helping your child turn back on the right path of obedience to the Father and to you.

Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? (Proverbs 20:11)

Labeling is certainly something that happens all throughout life, even in a child’s life. In the book of Proverbs, this Scripture written by King Solomon sheds light on the fact that children are also known for their actions. Remind your teen that they are known by their conduct and it’s important to be pure and upright, which can be trusted, joyful, and a very good thing. Disobedient and rebellious people will be seen as defiant and difficult.

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. (Proverbs 22:15)

This Scripture usually makes parents cringe because it seems to endorse spanking; however, that isn’t necessarily the case. The “rod” in this verse talks about can signify the way a child is corrected verbally, emotionally, mentally, and physically. A young person is born not knowing anything about life, so how they are directed, especially when discipline is involved, is important and holds the key to upright living.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)

Speaking the Word of the Lord over your children and being intentional about teaching them God’s commands will take root even if it doesn’t seem like it. A contractor doesn’t skip putting the foundation down before building a home just because it won’t be seen. It’s the very foundation that will hold the house up once it’s complete. The same can be said about teaching Christian ways to our children. Teach them, even if they are a long way from living it.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

This is a great New Testament verse for rebellious children because it serves as a reminder of how their actions show whether or not they are lovers of God (and their parents). It can be used to help calibrate behaviors as well as thoughts toward appropriate actions and repentance as a child of God.

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At the end of the day, these bible verses can be used for prayer, bible study, as well as declaration over the life of your rebellious teenager. Never stress yourself out or worry if you’re doing enough. Place your teen’s life in the hand of the Father and do what you know to do – nothing more or less. The same God that watches over you is watching over your rebellious teen and He is faithful to complete the good work started in them.

More helpful posts on preventing rebellion:

6 Prayers for your Rebellious Child

Prevent Rebellion by Training in Righteousness

How Do You Deal With a Rebellious Child?

What Causes a Child to Rebel Against Their Parents

Things That Lead Kids To Rebellion

Are You Raising A Rebel?

Is Your Parenting Leading Your Kids To Rebellion?

Why You Can’t Ignore Passive Rebellion


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