5 Ways Parents Can Teach Our Kids the Love of God

5 Ways Parents Can Teach Our Kids the Love of God

Raising kids who love God can be hard. And while none of these activities guarantee your children will follow God, they will help them know Him more, and knowing God leads to loving God.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Many of us as parents grew up in AWANA or some type of similar Bible club in our churches. One of the best parts of these programs is their emphasis on scripture memory for children.

I had a Junior Church teacher in the 2nd-6th grades named Mr. Johnson. He made it his purpose in life to love us and teach us to love Jesus and others. My favorite memory of him is the verses like this one that he made sure we knew. 
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
We understand the importance of scripture memory, but how do we instill that love into the hearts of our children? 

God’s design for this isn’t so much a formal family affair, but I think it is more organic and pure. It’s a constant conversation flowing between parents and children, always pointing them back to Christ. If that conversation is ever going to take root, we need to be saturating our own selves in the scriptures.

Being a scripture-saturated parent takes hard work: a constant thought, prayer, and intentional way of living. As we read God’s Word, gather with other believers in worship, and praise God and pray together, we can walk through the Christian life together with our children, and it is a way of life for us.

Ways We Can Teach Children a Love of Scripture and The Love of God

1. Read the Bible Regularly.

The best way to learn about God is to read His word—the story of His love for us. When we continually turn to God’s word with our kids, we will teach them how they, too, can use God’s word in their lives.

Pick a designated time each day to read scripture to your kids or have a quiet time for them to read on their own with their own Bible. 

2. Memorize Scripture as a Family.

Most parents want their children to memorize Bible verses, but are we willing to memorize the scriptures ourselves? 

Nothing will motivate your children to hide God’s Word in their hearts more than when you are willing not just to help them but to memorize with them. When they have to memorize scripture for school or church, don’t just expect it from them; exemplify it for them! 

3. Sing Hymns Together.

Singing hymns or turning verses into a well-known song or nursery rhyme together as a family is a great way to help kids internalize and love God’s truths.

Find the current Christian chart-toppers and play them at home or in the car. Go to a Christian concert. Pass on the traditional hymns that we love the most. These songs are part of our expression of our faith and our worship.

4. Pray With your Kids and For Your Kids.

One mom has encouraged her friend that our goal should be to show our kids that God is worth praying to. Not using big, carefully crafted words, but simply having a sincere, thankful heart for who God is and all He does for us.

By praying with our kids, we demonstrate how easy it is to enter into God’s presence. We also teach them how and when to pray.

5. Be Transparent with Your Kids.

Transparency with our kids is important in both the strongest and weakest points in our walks with God. We need to share the joys we have in our relationship with Christ, as well as our shortcomings and sin.

Apologizing when we have wronged our children, opens the door to great conversations and allows them to be honest about their sin. And celebrating triumphs in God is important as well. Rejoice with your children for answered prayers and the ways He has blessed you.

Carissa Omerod said, “Being a disciple is hard. There’s a reason Jesus said it requires denying ourselves and taking up our cross (Matthew 16:24). In our culture, it is an exercise in endurance, a constant walk up an escalator going down.” As we train up our children to love and follow Christ, setting an example of reading and memorizing scripture is so necessary for them. It will be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path.

Raising kids who love God can be hard. And while none of these activities guarantee your children will follow God, they will help them know Him more, and knowing God leads to loving God.

Eric Peterman
Eric Peterman