Let me start by saying, I got this idea from a friend of mine over at Adventures of a Simple Life .
I was at the park with my kiddos one day and while I was there, I heard my friend gently quote a Bible scripture to her little boy. She was instructing him on doing what he was told to do without complaining. BUT instead of just telling him 'stop complaining' or 'do what you are told' she gently quoted Philippinas 2:14 to him. "Do all things without grumbling or complaining." Later on at the park, she gently quoted another Bible scripture to one of her other children.
The other moms and I were amazed at this concept of using actual Bible scripture to instruct our children and to enforce the character qualities we wanted our children to have and display. Why had I never thought of this before? I am always telling my children, "stop being mean to your brother/sister", "stop whining/complaining", "no yelling" or other things along those lines. Why not back up the point I am trying to get across by telling my kids what the Bible says about it, not just what I have to say about it.
I really want to do this with my own kids. So today, I finally sat down and researched several Bible verses to go along with a few key areas many kids (and parents ;) struggle with and this is what I have come up with so far:
Do all things without grumbling or complaining. Philippians 2:14
A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9
*Kindness and Forgiveness
Be kind to one another, forgiving one another as Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
*Sharing/Giving to Others
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
*Choosing words wisely
The words of the pure are pleasant words. Proverbs 15:26
*Obeying Your Parents
Honor your father and mother. Exodus 20:12
Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
*Making Good Choices
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing
you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
There is an obvious amount of training that has to take take place before I can just simply quote a scripture to my kids and expect them to know what it means and to follow through with what it says to do. How do I plan on implementing this? Well, let me gather my thoughts and ideas and I will post my 'plan' in Part 2 and perhaps another interesting twist on things in Part 3.
In the meantime, I would love to hear your favorite verses you use with your children. Perhaps you know of verses that are better suited for these areas than the ones I have written down or verses that are suited for areas I did not address :)