Kids want to be loved and have fun. So simple right? It should be simple because kids don’t come into the world with the mentality to plan to do evil. These behaviors are taught by people they know or have some form of interaction with daily or periodically. Maybe over hearing conversations from unknown individuals in passing. You may think you have it under control by limiting the number of hours in front of the television and on social media or playing with friends and tech toys, but unfortunately that is not enough. You see, on the other side of that door is a life filled with bad influences and temptations and the things that are not of God. But it’s not too late to train up your kids in the way they should go and create a change in the atmosphere one child at a time.
Let’s get started!!
Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
1Cor 3:19 KJV For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
We need God’s wisdom and knowledge to help with our children and with all things.
Proverbs 2:6 KJV For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of the mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 8:11 KJV For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared.
2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The word of God has to be in you, a part of who you are… parents obeying and applying the word of God. You are the first example of Christ for your kids.
(Below is a list of books and scriptures, but seek the word of God with your kids and find the ones suitable for them to understand.)
Resource Bible for Kids
7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST
- Read the Bible with your kids – help children build strength and character.
- Love – Share with them that God is love. 1Cor.13:4, 1Cor. 16:14, and 1John4:19
- Pray – Teach them about talking to God and spending personal time with Him in prayer. Jeremiah 29:12
- Praise – Let God know you adore him and show your appreciation of who He is and all that He has done, is doing and will do. Psalm 135:1, Psalm 150:6, and Psalm 148:13
- Have Empathy – Teaching children to have empathy to put themselves in others shoes. Having compassion and understanding for others because you see things the way God sees them. Because someone is not like you or is less fortunate doesn’t make them not important in God’s eyes. So, try to understand what they may be going through by envisioning yourself in that situation. Col. 3:12 and 1Pet. 3:8
- Be Giving – Be ready to act, be a giver of time, money clothing, or food to help those in need. For example, do volunteer work in a food pantry. Prov. 11:25, Prov. 22:9, Acts 20:35, James 2:15-16, and Deut. 15:10
- Forgiveness – To understand that we all fall short and need forgiveness. If you want God to forgive you, you must be willing to forgive others. Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 6:14
We want kids that go out in the world and in every situation before they act, they ask the question –
What Would Jesus Do?