Proverbs 22:6 encourages parents with the truth: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Having adult children may seem like light years away from the daily cycle of reminders about doing homework, sharing toys and talking politely, but consistent parenting now will produce rewarding results. Introduce simple memory verses as part of a weekly tradition for your children, showing them that the Bible isn’t just for adults. As they grow, the scriptures you’ve taught them will shape them and give them a foundation to stand on.
Verses about the Bible
When you hear the reasonable question, “Why do we read the Bible?,” be ready with scriptures to answer. Use verses like Psalm 119:105, which states “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When the psalmist wrote that line, he was thinking of the lanterns all walkers used at night to light their way. Use that concrete example to explain to your child that he can use specific verses to show him how to act in a situation. Follow up with Proverbs 30:5 and Isaiah 40: 8, which state that “Every word of God proves true” and “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
Verses about Friends
Use familiar Bible verses to talk with your child about how to behave toward friends. Matthew 22:39 presents a familiar theme: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Ask your child what that means to him in relation to his friendships. Ephesians 4:32, 1 John 3:23 and Luke 6:31 provide more insights along the same lines: “Be kind to one another, “Love one another, and “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Talk through potential situations and how these verses could apply.
Verses about Trusting the Lord
The concept of God is nebulous to little minds, but you can use a series of scriptures to remind your child that the Lord knows him and is watching over him. During the midnight bad dreams about monsters, ask your little one to remember the truth of the scriptures he’s learned, such as Genesis 16:13, which says, “You are the God who sees” or Psalm 121:3: “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 56:3 continues that theme with the declaration: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Finally, Proverbs 3:5 provides a simple reminder to “trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
Verses about Working Diligently
Teach your child from a young age how the Lord feels about how we work. Whether it is cleaning a room, doing homework or helping with chores, the same scripture applies to little ones just as much as to their parents who go off to a daily job. “Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God,” from 1 Corinthians 10:31, can be applied to every age. Colossians 3:23 and Ecclesiastes 9:10 follow the same themes with “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” and “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”