Teaching Your Kids About The Holy Spirit
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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Who is the Holy Spirit?
Our heavenly Father, who created everything, is God. Jesus, God's son, is God. And the Holy Spirit is God. And yet, there is only one God. This is called the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is very special because He not only lives in heaven but He also lives here on earth within His people! He gives us power and fills us with joy.
The Holy Spirit is our helper. He helps us to live for Christ. He also helps us to share Christ with others. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." (John 14:26)
Have you ever been tempted to do something you know you shouldn't and even when your friends say "no one will find out" you know God will. That is the Holy Spirit guiding you to make the right decision. Or have you ever seen someone sitting alone and felt like you should say "hello"? That could be the Holy Spirit. He will guide us if we listen to His voice.
The Holy Spirit is also our Comforter. When you are afraid at night and you pray, the Holy Spirit may remind you of the scripture 2 Timothy 1:7: " For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
For another great example of how the Holy Spirit can comfort us when we are afraid, check out the adventure of "The Bumping Thumping" with Sam Saint Super Sleuth by Dick Gruber.
Here are a few follow up questions you can ask your kids about the Holy Spirit. These are great conversation starters! I included my daughter's responses below, she's six and honestly did not understand the concept at all. To be truthful, I'm not sure I always do myself. The Trinity and the Spirit are not the easiest to explain to children, but don't let that stop you from discussing it with them. Even if you can't answer their questions or even if they don't have answers to yours, it's still worth spending the time talking about.
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- What does He do?
- Um, I'm not sure.
- Why is He important?
- I don't know... He helps people?
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