Monday, March 15, 2010

Learning to Serve

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 9:36 AM
The second verse that I used to begin teaching my children about SERVING is Galatians 5:13.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
This verse may seem advanced, but I believe children can learn from all scripture when taught at their level. My oldest has accepted Jesus as her savior, and knows about sin, forgiveness, and freedom. She doesn’t know it like an adult who’s a mature Christian, but she know the foundational concepts.
In discussing this verse, we talked about what the sinful nature is, namely selfishness. When we think only about what we want we are being selfish, which is sin. We talk a lot about loving behavior at our house. Love is a word we say to each other often, but it’s also how we treat each other. When we are dong something that’s not loving, it is selfish and sinful. My children know that I love them and will forgive them no matter what they do (just as God loves and forgives me and them), but that forgiveness and love are not a license to behave badly. Instead, that love and forgiveness should encourage them to serve each other. We serve because we love and we are loved.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Learning to Serve

The second verse that I used to begin teaching my children about SERVING is Galatians 5:13.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
This verse may seem advanced, but I believe children can learn from all scripture when taught at their level. My oldest has accepted Jesus as her savior, and knows about sin, forgiveness, and freedom. She doesn’t know it like an adult who’s a mature Christian, but she know the foundational concepts.
In discussing this verse, we talked about what the sinful nature is, namely selfishness. When we think only about what we want we are being selfish, which is sin. We talk a lot about loving behavior at our house. Love is a word we say to each other often, but it’s also how we treat each other. When we are dong something that’s not loving, it is selfish and sinful. My children know that I love them and will forgive them no matter what they do (just as God loves and forgives me and them), but that forgiveness and love are not a license to behave badly. Instead, that love and forgiveness should encourage them to serve each other. We serve because we love and we are loved.

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