Memory verses for children

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.SONY DSC

It is important to teach our children the word of God and the earlier the better. I taught my first son the first memory verse when he was about two and a half. It was “One Lord, one faith, one baptism- Ephesians 4:5”. It was such a joyous moment to hear him recite it. I must confess, I had taught him that verse with the hopes that he would be able to recite in the children’s week of that year (in front of the whole church) because children in the church I attend often do Bible recitations. When it became apparent that He would not be able (and would not even be steady) to recite in public, I decided to wait another year till when he would be a little more mature. This year, I resumed with the memory verses and it has been fantastic. The best part is, my second son who is two years old memorizes the verses too. I love how excited they are about each new verse and how they excitedly recap the verses of the previous week.

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.Deuteronomy 11:19

When I was a child, my parents taught us in this way too. Believe me when I say, it never departs from your children. To this very day, I remember most of those verses. Sometimes, when it seemed we could not memorize certain verses, my mum made it into a song to enable us learn faster.God is awesome and I am thankful for the opportunity God has given me to raise future members of His army. Children have so much trust in their parents that they will learn whatever we teach them. Read Bible stories to them, make it fun and exciting, read to them over and over again and make it interactive. Stimulating their interest in God is for your own good (well…and theirs too).

I realized that when I recite the memory verses with my children over and over again, It also helps me learn the verses i never knew. So get on board. From time to time, I will post some of the verses my children have learnt and are learning as guide for those who are willing to introduce memory verse learning to their children. Stay tuned!!!

We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the Lord, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:4

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

This is a verse I have been aware of almost all my life (not surprising considering the fact that I am a preacher’s kid). Anyway, my parents gave us regular memory verses so I had crammed so many Bible verses as a kid. The thing is, being able to recite a verse and totally understanding the message in the verse are two different things. I only realised this a few days ago when this verse flashed in my mind.

I saw it in a whole new angle. For the first time, it dawned on me that this short verse literally describes everything we need to know about Christianity. The 4 aspects (for lack of a better word…or maybe not) of this verse describe the relationship God wants us to have with him.

 

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…

pretty self explanatory….God loves the world, the whole world. However the next sentence shows us the depth of this love.

 

THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…

So, he gave his Son out of love. He gave his Son to the world because he of how much he LOVES the world. Sending down Jesus was a pure act of love. Makes you wonder how much he loves you, doesn’t it?

THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH

We have to accept Jesus into our lives. We have to believe in Him, there are consequences for not accepting Jesus into our lives. The above sentence says those who believe in Him should not perish. Think of what happens to those who do not believe in Him…they will perish.

BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

Eternal life is what we aim for as Christians. Why accept Jesus or label yourself as a Christian if you do not have eternity in view? We need to live a certain kind of life (A Christ-like life to be precise) in order to qualify for eternal life and of course this starts with letting Jesus into your life. Our God is a God of purpose and he requires the same of us.

If you want to surrender to God, you can do so by praying this Prayer of Salvation.