If this is not something that you have done before you are probably wondering how exactly you can support a child’s Christian faith in their home. Here are some ways that is imperative to helping support a child’s Christian faith.
Lead by example
The most profound way that you can support a child’s Christian faith is to lead by example. This means that you should pay attention to the ways in which you react to situations that are out of your control and how you act towards others.
You should show patience towards those around you, try to assist complete strangers if they need help and show love towards people that you meet and spend time with.
Lead by example by showing good manners, respecting other people especially the elderly. Currently in this world many children have not be taught fundamental principles and are disobedient to their own parents and show disrespect to the elderly.
The Lord calls parents and carers to train up children in the way that they should go.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Help them to know their true identity in Christ
Many people grow up basing their identities on what they do in their lives however for Christians our true identity is in Jesus Christ and not worldly things. To support the children that you are caring for, it is important that you help them with knowing that their true identity is in Jesus.
This means helping them to see that they are special, irreplaceable and loved beyond compare by God. This will help children to feel confident in who they truly are and will help them not to feel vulnerable to outside pressures from other people or their peers. Teaching children that what matters most is what God thinks about them and not people. This will help them to learn not to become people pleases but rather to grow up being obedient to God.
It is vital to teach children from a young age about how much they are loved by Jesus and that He has made each one of us perfectly. Children will grow up knowing their true worth which is in Jesus.
Read them bible stories
Children love to listen to Bible stories about our Lord Jesus Christ and how He helped and loved so many people despite their weaknesses and shortcomings.
Plus, reading stories to children is a great way to bond with them, especially when what you are reading to them can teach them so many valuable lessons and help them to become loving and caring individuals.
Teaching children that The Word is The Truth and we can have a personal and intimate relationship with God our Father through spending time reading His Word.
Pray at mealtimes and bedtime
Praying at mealtimes and bedtime is a brilliant way to teach children to pray.
Teaching children to be thankful for all the blessings that the Lord gives us each day creates an atmosphere of gratitude in the family home. Children can learn that praying simply means speaking to Jesus and Father God and that He delights to have a personal relationship with His children.
This is a wonderful way for the whole family to bond and children will enjoy being part of this.
Teach them to love and respect others
You should strive to teach the children in your care that we must love and respect all people regardless of our differences.
It is best if you start to teach them this from a very young age so they grow up always knowing that this is the right way to act towards others. This means that they will be accepting and respectful of people that they meet throughout their life no matter who they are.
Help those less fortunate than themselves
Encourage the children in your care to be involved in helping other people that are less fortunate and teach them about the importance of giving to charity and completing charitable deeds. Helping animals that are in need is an amazing way to show compassion.
For example, help your child to collect clothes from their families and friends and donate these to a charity in need or help them to raise funds for sick children by setting up sponsorship for an activity or organising and holding a bake sale at their house.
Being part of the Body of Christ it’s crucial that we support children on their spiritual journey.
Here’s our blog about Teaching Children About God’s Character
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