How to Train Your Children to Love and Serve the Lord Jesus Christ

Candy Spilman By Candy Spilman, 21st Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1b6-ie9g/
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Children in today's world are subjected to a lot of harmful and evil things. Nearly all parents want to keep their little ones away from all that and help them stay on the right path.

What does Jesus say?

In Luke 18:16, Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” The Bible is full of admonitions for parents, stressing the importance of training children to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. With such a charge laid on their shoulders, every mom and dad should be constantly seeking ways to lead their youngsters down the path of Christian service.

Teaching children

Studies show that one of the most fundamental and successful ways of teaching is by example. Children begin to pick up on and imitate the actions of people around them at a very early age. Those who see their parents actively loving and serving the Lord are more likely to adopt these habits as their own.

Read Bible stories to them, even if they might not be quite old enough to understand. Let them become familiar with the concept of God, Jesus, good and evil. Pray with them, and when they are old enough to talk, encourage them to speak to God on their own and voice their thoughts. Let them see you studying your Bible, or kneeling in prayer on a regular basis.

Church and Christian fellowship are important to help reinforce your at-home teachings. Choose a caring body of believers where the Bible is considered the absolute Word of God and taught as such. Discuss things that were taught in Sunday School with your children and talk about how to apply the lessons to their own lives.

They are watching you

One of the most challenging aspects of setting a Christian example for children is to make sure that none of your actions are contradicting what you are teaching. The old adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” is doubly true in this case. For instance, if you are teaching them that Jesus wants us to love others, and later on that day they hear you badmouthing a co-worker or gossiping about the new neighbor, they will be getting a mixed message. Let them see you actually living what you say. Speak kindly about others, even those who have done wrong. If you realize that you accidentally let something slip (and who hasn’t at times?), be honest with your children and admit that you should not have said that.

Let your life show it

Let your children see you giving to others. Examples of this could range from giving a special missionary offering at church, to donating an extra coat to someone who needs it, to volunteering to work at a homeless shelter. No matter the financial circumstances in your home, make sure the children know that God has provided everything that you do have, and that He wants it to be shared.

Let them see you living honestly. If you get too much change back at the store, or realize that you were not charged for an item, bring it to the cashier’s attention. Explain to your children that honesty makes God happy.

Let your children see you rejoicing. Offer God praise when things go well. Do not complain about minor inconveniences. If disaster or tragedy strikes, let your children see you relying on Jesus. Let them see that it is possible to have joy in him even while shedding tears.

Pray for your kids

Finally, pray for them every day. Remember that God loves these precious children even more than you do, and he wants their little lives to glorify him. Trust him to keep his promises, and continually ask him for wisdom to train your children to love and serve him.

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Children, Christian, Example, Jesus, Love, Religion, Service

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author avatar Candy Spilman
Former journalist turned freelancer. I'm a mom and grandma and love to write about family or Christian topics.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

I think parents can set a good example about a moral code to follow but eventually should let children pick their own religion.

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author avatar ScottFravel
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
15th Jan 2015 (#)

I love this article; it says everything we are supposed to exemplify in our Christian walk -if we are to make a difference in our home first and our environment. We all see there is a lot of room for improvement.

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