Christian parents who saturate their children’s day with the love of God will naturally want to incorporate His standards during times of training and discipline. However, let us remember that God’s Word should be used to heal, not punish. It is a band-aid, not a weapon.
The collection of verses below can be used with your children when their hearts are soft following a misbehavior. You can also incorporate these truths during every-day conversation, while reading stories together, or during family devotion times.
These verses are a good compliment to our Heart of the Matter Parenting Cards as well as our method for more effective time outs. All of these verses are taken from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible – a translation that is well-suited for children of any age.
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God teaches us how to live right:
Titus 2:11-12: “God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all people. He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world.”
The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, helps us to behave:
Galatians 5:22-23: “God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.”
We invite lots of problems into our lives if we can’t control ourselves:
Proverbs 25:28: “Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall.”
Sometimes it is hard to do right, but God promises to help us in those times:
1 Corinthians 10:13: “You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.”
God doesn’t want a little of us to obey Him. He wants ALL of us to obey Him:
Leviticus 18:4: “I am the LORD your God, and you must obey my teachings.”
It is never too late to turn from the wrong things we do and obey God:
Nehemiah 1:9: “But you also said that no matter how far away we were, we could turn to you and start obeying your laws. Then you would bring us back to the place where you have chosen to be worshiped.”
Obedience brings many blessings, such as friendship with God:
John 14:23: “Jesus replied: If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them.”
We need to use what we say to help others feel better, not hurt them:
Ephesians 4:29: “Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.”
Controlling what we say is hard, but if you work at it, it will be easier to behave in other areas too:
James 3:2: “All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.”
Don’t start arguments, stop them!
Proverbs 15:1: “A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up.”
Treatment of others
Put others first, before yourself, and you will please God:
Philippians 2:3: “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.”
God showed great kindness to us by sending Jesus. We need to show this same kindness to others:
Ephesians 4:31-32:“Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.”