Teaching Your Kids About Repentance
Throughout our series "Bones of our Beliefs" we're discussing what we believe and why we believe it. As a parent, I believe it's important to also explain what you believe and why to your children. Since our daughter is six years old and starting to ask questions, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to explain to her the bones of our belief and share that journey with you. Feel free to use these blogs to start conversations with your kids and to add comments on how you have explained the bones of your belief with your family.
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What is repentance?
A few weeks ago we talked about how Jesus paid the price for everyone's sin by dying on the cross. We are thankful for His sacrifice, we ask Him to forgive us when we do wrong, and we then repent. Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry for doing something bad. It is more that just planning to do better next time. It is turning away completely from the bad choice we made and turning towards God instead.
Spiritual Road Signs
If you're a visual learner (like me) it might help to see some illustrations. When I first learned about repentance, my teacher used a U-Turn sign and it has stuck in my memory ever since. To this day, every time I see one while I'm driving, i think about his lesson and how he explained repentance is more than just asking God to forgive us for what we did wrong, it is turning away from that sin and choosing to not do it again but seek after God instead.
As we've already learned, the Holy Spirit will help convict us or remind us when we are doing things we should stop doing.
Repenting is turning away from these bad things and going in the opposite direction, not to repeat them again.
The Bible, which we'll learn more about next week, is our guide and shows us the right direction (or one way) to go.
Here are a few follow up questions you can ask your kids about repentance. These are great conversation starters! I must admit, this week was very busy and got away from me - I wasn't able to get answers from my own daughter in time for the post; however, I'll do my best to add them in the comments section below :)
- What does repentance mean?
- What is the difference between forgiveness and repentance?
- How can the Holy Spirit help you with repentance?
- Is there anything in your life you need to repent of right now?
- (This is a good question for you too parents!)
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