Teaching kids to love God requires more than just taking our kids to church.
It is a daily layering of core biblical truths that build godly confidence in a child’s heart.
Teaching children to love God is an active, messy–and not always easy–process, but it brings such beautiful fruit when we see godly confidence and joy in a child’s heart!
I know because my husband and I are working hard to teach our own four kids about God (using the principles in this post) and by His grace and glory, we are seeing awesome results.
In a nutshell, we must be real with our kids about what it means to love God and to follow Him; and we must intentionally spend time sharing godly wisdom with our children.
I don’t want to simplify the process down into a simple to-do list because:
- Each child is different;
- Teaching kids to love God is a divine task that requires the Holy Spirit’s divine work; and
- There are no guarantees in raising children!
However, we’re discovering four good practices for teaching our kids how to deeply love God.
Do you want to build confident, godly children who love Jesus too? I encourage you to prayerfully consider each of the principles in this post.
Parents, It’s Our Job to Teach Our Kids to Love God
Parents, so many of our kids leave the church as young adults because they’ve never learned the essentials of how to be strong and confident Christians. Why?
So many of us have not taken the call to teach our kids to love God seriously.
- We’ve left “teaching our kids to love God” to be a work of the local church;
- We’re afraid to share the “messy” ups-and-downs of our faith;
- We’re afraid of the tough questions our kids ask;
- We don’t have the practical tools to teach kids to love God;
- We’re busy, distracted and tired from all our other important duties;
- We don’t have a relationship with God ourselves (outside of going to church perhaps) and therefore have no idea how to teach our kids to truly love God.
Of course every child must make a choice to follow God or not (and that can happen whether or not a kid is raised in a home where they are taught to love God). And parents can’t be expected to always guide children perfectly.
But as Christian parents we must continually (and prayerfully) ask ourselves, “Are we making teaching our kids to love God a priority in how we spend our time and energy?”
Why We Must Make Teaching Kids to Love God a Priority
Why is teaching kids to love God so important? Why should this be one of our highest callings as a parent?
Because if we don’t help kids develop a deep love for God, then faith simply becomes religion. And a child’s confidence? It isn’t based on what God thinks of them. Without a deep love for God, kids learn to trust in themselves and to follow their own passions instead of godly wisdom.
Self-confidence is fleeting and continually shifting based on the circumstances. But when we teach our kids to base their confidence on what God’s promises are for them, we give them a stable, firm foundation on which to build every part of their lives.
And the only way to develop a strong, solid foundation on God’s promises is to teach kids how to fall in love with God through every season of life (the good, the bad and the ugly).
Practical Ways to Teach Kids Confidence By Teaching Them About God’s Love
1) Give them a deep love of God and his word.
- Share with them early and often about God’s amazing truths found in the Bible.
- When they ask tough questions, dive together into God’s word for the answers.
- Show them how to find joy and comfort in Scripture when life is challenging.
- Teach kids that they are loved by God just for being who they are–no strings or conditions attached.
- Remind that God is using their greatest life trials to make them into a beautiful masterpiece.
We currently use these books and Bibles to teach our kids to love God and to build self-confidence based on God’s promises:
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His NameBlessings Every Day: 365 Simple Devotions for the Very Young (Little Blessings) Catholic EditionLife Application Study Bible NLT, Personal SizeThe Simple Truth Bible: The Best Minute of Your Day (Simply for Students)Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For KidsTeen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Girls for Teen GirlsPrincess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s PrincessesAthlete’s Bible: Rise Edition (FCA)
2) Teach them at a young age how to have a daily quiet time with God.
My husband and I have taught our kids a simple method for not just reading the Bible but deeply understanding God’s truth. It’s called the 5Rs Method™ and it’s something I developed because I wanted an easy, transferable way for my kids (and me) to apply scriptural principles to daily life.
A daily quiet time allows God to regularly remind kids to keep their dependence on him for their confidence.
3) Host a family Bible time several days each week with your kids.
While I believe the ultimate goal is for kids to develop their own daily quiet time with God, we also believe that family devotions are incredibly important too for teaching kids how to understand and interact with God’s word.
What if you simply walked through the scriptures outlined above in the 11 truths for biblical self confidence with your kids using a Bible study method such as the 5Rs Method™?
I encourage you to go through each truth and study the relevant Bible verses (perhaps even memorize a few Bible verses that your child finds especially powerful) to show your kids how to get authentic self-confidence.
4) Model what it looks like to have authentic faith in Christ.
Let your kids see you reading your Bible and praying through every life season. Let them witness how you have self confidence only based on the everlasting promises of God.
Don’t be afraid to share with your kids what you struggle with and to share your mistakes! Our kids need to know that faith can be messy.
May teaching these truths to your kids assure them of God’s great love and impart a beautiful, godly self-confidence that can never be taken away.
I’m praying for you as we labor together to grow happy, confident kids who find their self-worth in God’s love and promises!
Other Posts on Teaching Kids to Love God:
- Why I’m Not Teaching My Kids to Have Self-Confidence
- Simple 5-Step Method for Kids Bible Study (Free Bookmark)
- How to Teach Your Kids About Biblical Wisdom
- Incredibly Fun Ways to Teach Kids About God’s Love
- 3 Keys to Easy Scripture Memorization for Kids
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