Several months ago I felt the need to teach my almost 4 year old Bible verses. I am linking them in with her behavior to reinforce positive behavior and help her to understand her sin. If you missed it, you can see how I introduced Scripture with discipline.
This time I chose a verse from James. You might notice that it is not an actual version of the Bible, but I reworded it a bit to be better understood by my daughter.
"Whoever knows the right thing to do and doesn't do it sins." ~James 4:17
One day during naps, I wrote out the new verse on a different color of paper and hung it on the pantry door. Upon awakening, M noticed the new verse right away.
The first few days we discussed it a lot, and she seems to understand it well. Want to hear something funny though? She still quotes Colossians 3:20 (the first verse we learned). She will even go up to the new verse and run her finger under the words while saying, "Children obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." It cracks me up!
I have noticed that with the busyness of summer, I wasn't nearly as diligent in incorporating this verse into our daily lives as I was with Colossians 3:20. Maybe it just wasn't a good choice? I'm don't know. I do think it is important for young children to understand what the Bible says about sin, and not just what Mom and Dad call sin.
I'm not sure what verse we will use next, but I think I would like it to focus on God's forgiveness and love. Any suggestions?
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