For we have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
It’s often hard for parents to teach our children right from wrong, and especially hard to teach them from a Christian standpoint. It’s hands on, and oftentimes preparedness armed with the tools God gives us – the BIBLE. Through the BIBLE we are given wisdom and knowledge.
Little white lies…
The other day I noticed a full bag of chips shrunk by half. I casually asked my 13 year old if she had any. Her immediate reply, “No”.
“I don’t know”
It was a small matter, but I repeated the question and got the same response. The issue in my mind was how do I make my daughter recognize that her little lie has consequences. How do I teach her that it’s wrong to lie. How do I guide her to understand that lying however big or small, it’s still a lie and it’s not only wrong, but a sin!
How do I as a mom get her to owe it?
Mom, “MeiMei you are doing bad stuff that makes God sad”.
If we sin, we will go to a bad place when we die.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.Revelation 21:8 KJV
Mom asks, “MeiMei, do you think you’ve sin?“
With a calm face, I tell her the story of Jesus. I explain to her how Jesus is God who lived in heaven, but he came down to earth as man (human). He lived for 33 1/2 years without sin. There were certain people who were jealous of Jesus and using fake charges, lied and framed him. They crucified Jesus and then buried Him. Jesus raised himself from the dead. Jesus is now in heaven.
Do you know why Jesus went through all this bloodiness for?
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
It’s because of our sin. This prevents us from going to heaven. The only thing that can wash away our sin is the blood of Jesus. This is the only way we can go to heaven.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9
Only through the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin.
Mom, “Are you sorry for being a sinner?”
Upon which this mom tells her daughter, “All you have to do is say it to God.”