Confession and repentance are essential to the Christian faith.
Not only do we repent of our sins to be saved, but we must continue to confess our sins daily and walk in the Spirit!
But how do we teach our kids about repentance?
It might be a big word, but it has a pretty simple definition. Repentance means to turn away from our sin. Turning from our sin is an important part of our relationship with Jesus because it brings glory to His name and it helps us to enjoy His best for our lives!
Acts 3:19-20 says
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord!
Let your kids know the sweet freedom and refreshment that comes from confessing their sins and being honest with God. Plus, kids usually have lots of opportunities to practice asking for, receiving, and extending forgiveness for their choices as they learn and grow.
Here are Some Steps of Repentance:
1. Listen to the Spirit
Even the youngest of kids can learn how to identify that the icky feeling they felt after taking their brother’s toy, or running away from Mommy, or saying that unkind thing, was the Holy Spirit letting them know when they have sinned against someone and against Him. It’s important to practice this by creating space to hear the Holy Spirit. Psalm 4:4 encourages us to, “When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
2. Say Sorry
After listening to the Spirit and identifying what was done wrong, it’s time to go to the person that was wronged and say sorry – confessing to that person by addressing the wrong specifically.
“So confess your sins to one another. Pray for one another so that you might be healed.” James 5:16
3. Ask Forgiveness
Once sorry has been said, the next step is to ask for forgiveness. This is a way of humbly acknowledging that you hurt someone with your choices and that person now has the chance to forgive and help your relationship move forward toward restoration.
“He has removed our sins from us. He has removed them as far as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12
There it is! Not too hard, right?
Praying lots of freedom and restoration in your homes!
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