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Bible Verses For Guiding Kids Through Life Situations

Being parents, we are often confronted with many life situations like tattling, anger, lying etc with our children. For me, deciphering what to say is often a challenge especially when I’m not prepared for it. Just the other day I was in the middle of many things when my kids had yet another squabble. In the heat of the moment, I couldn’t talk let alone think clearly. When my boys are in the middle of an argument or having trouble with an emotion, I like to talk to them using verses from the Bible. Using Bible verses makes it that much more justifiable with my kids. So it’s not just mommy’s words but it’s from the Word of God. So of course, I couldn’t remember the verse fully or the reference. Looking it all up takes time and I usually feel like I’m losing the window of opportunity to capture their attention and make a connection. So I decided to make a printable reference guide that I can easily access when different situations arise. This way, I can open up the Bible to the mentioned verse and disciple my children.

Below are 10 emotions/situations that I often see or come across with my own children. I’ve listed 2 verses for most of the subject areas.

Bible Verses For Guiding Children Through Life Situations

ANGER

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

James 1:19,20 Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

OBEDIENCE

Ephesians 6: 1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

FEAR

2 Timothy 1: 7  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline

Isaiah 41: 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not dismay, for I am your God.

LYING

Colossians 3:8,9 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you’ve taken off your old self with its practices.

Proverbs 12:22 The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.

TATTLING

Matthew 18:15-16 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

UNKINDNESS

Luke 6:31  Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Matthew 12:35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

GRATITUDE

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

FORGIVENESS

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

REVENGE

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Proverbs 24:29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

DILIGENCE

Proverbs 13:4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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