11. Matthew 7:12
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“In everything, do to others what you would have then do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Also called the “Golden Rule,” this verse is a good one for families to live by. Teaching your children to be kind to each other is of great importance. When they realize it was commanded of us by God, they give extra credibility to the words. Ask your children to think of a way that they lived out the Golden Rule recently in their lives.
Create a scenario or two that shows children not practicing the Golden Rule. Ask them why the scenario does or does not show someone following the Golden Rule. Find out from each child how they would most like to be treated.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
One of the first Sunday School verses we learn, John 3:16, is that heart of the gospel. Take it piece by piece and help your children understand the great importance of this verse to all Christians. God gave his only son for you. You may want to break it down and use two weeks to learn this verse.
If you know the chorus “For God so loved the world…” sing it with your children. Find a recording and have it play as they go to sleep.
Children are never too young to hear and memorize Scripture. Even verses they learn as toddlers will come back to them during times of distress all through their lives. How often do we hear stories of prisoners, missionaries in captivity, or those who have found themselves in situations where they did not have a Bible and memorized Scripture was the thing that comforted them.
Have you ever been with a friend and knew you needed words of comfort but just wasn’t sure what to say? Then God’s still, small voice whispers a Bible verse in your mind. You probably learned that verse a long time ago and it surfaced at just the time you needed it.
When you are in one of those situations is too late to go back and memorize Scriptures. You need to continually memorize Bible verses as you grow older. It is really easy for a child to memorize. When we get older, it is not as simple.
So, while children are learning and growing is the time for them hide God’s word in their hearts so that when they need it is there.
Enjoy memorizing verses with your children at bedtime. If you don’t have a lot of verses committed to memory, learn along with them. You will create a treasure of your heart and mind that no one can take away from you.
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