When our children are young, it can be a daunting task to find the best way to teach them bible verses. The language is hard enough for many of us adults to understand, imagine how their little brains are processing such an expansive vocabulary! Here I present to you my favorite bible verses for young children to learn, in a simple format and also with definitions to help explain the meanings behind the verses as well. At the end, I also have flashcards that you can use to help reinforce these verses as you are teaching them, but in a fun way!
What Are The Best Bible Verses For Young Children To Learn?
There are so many different ways to help your child memorize scripture. It can be overwhelming to start but what is important is that you teach truth and let the Holy Spirit guide you. The Lord will honor your effort in teaching His children and help you be more effective than you could ever be on your own.
What is a Good Bible Verse For A Child?
One of the most powerful bible verses that I learned as a child was a short bible verse that was taught to me in Pioneer Clubs (which is like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts but faith-based). Their main mantra was Psalm 119:105, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light onto my path.”. This is such an inspirational bible verse for kids, as it’s something they can visualize in their minds. You could explain it as the words in the bible teach them how to interact with the world, like a flashlight keeping them on a path in dark places.
16 Bible Verses For Young Children
Below you will find16 bible verses to teach to young children. As promised, I did create adorable flashcards to go along with these that you can purchase on Etsy as an instant digital download! You are also welcome to use the images below as pins or if you would like to print them!
Teach The Fruits of the Spirit
- “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
The fruits of Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. That means that when we allow the Holy Spirit to shape us more like Christ, these traits will become more evident. So what better place to start than by reading what the word of God says about each of these traits. Once you break it down I hope it will make it easier to explain what God is really saying.
Teach About God’s Love
Teach How To Love Others
- “This is My commandment: that you love one another, as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Talking about how Jesus died for us is so important because it’s the basis of our whole belief system! We are saved because Christ died for us, even when we didn’t deserve it. So not only does God tell us how much He loves us, but He also tells us to love one another! It’s actually the second commandment (Matthew 22:37-40), which is a whole different lesson on the 10 commandments that you can intertwine with this one!
Teach Them Joy
- “Rejoice always.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16
- “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4
I believe Children naturally find joy in things! So by teaching them the word of God says to rejoice and dance it can make for healthy habits of finding the joy of the Lord in life. Emotions can be a big struggle for young children to understand, so introducing the concept through memorizing short verses can be a great way of starting that journey of emotional discovery through emotions.
Teach Them The Meaning of Peace
- “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9
The world is full of conflict but Jesus tells us that He gives us the peace that passes all understanding! When our children feel overwhelmed we can remind them that Jesus has peace for us!
Teach Them Patience
- “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8:25
- “With all humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another in love, be eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3
Patience is a hard skill to learn, even for adults. Teaching our children that by being patient we are honoring God it could help give a reason for waiting. We all hate waiting but it’s an important way to practice patience!
Teach Them Gentleness
- “Let everyone come to know your gentleness. The Lord is at hand.” – Philippians 4:5
- “You have given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand has held me up, and Your gentleness has made me great.” – Psalms 18:35
For young children being gentle does not always come naturally. But we have to remember it’s important to model the behavior we want our children to have. By responding to things gently it will help our children realize that a gentle response is possible and desired!
Teach Them Goodness
- “For the Lord is good; His mercy endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalms 100:5
- “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
By reading about God’s goodness it can inspire our children to be good to others. It’s important our children know what makes God so good and what we can do to best represent His goodness.
Teach Them About Faithfulness
- “For Your mercy is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” – Psalms 108:4
- “Trust in the Lord , and do good; dwell in the land, and practice faithfulness.” – Psalms 37:3
The Lord is faithful and He calls His children to be faithful to Him. By reading His word as a family you are teaching them how to be faithful and how faithful our God is.
Teach Them Self-control
- “Everyone who strives for the prize exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one.” – 1 Corinthians 9:25
Jesus is the prize that we are all striving for. The good news is if you accept Him you’ve got Him! Our prize is incorruptible or indestructible! But to be a follower of Christ means we have to practice self-control a lot! But we are told that we are practicing this skill for nothing!
What Else Can I Do To Help My Child Learn About The Bible?
It can be hard to explain things to children in a way that they will understand, just do your best and let them ask questions. Remember not to underestimate your children (1 Timothy 4:12) because God can do great things with them. The word of God is truth and He will honor parents who are teaching His Children in truth and in love. Pray that the Lord will guide you and He will!
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