It’s never too early to im­part God’s love to your chil­dren

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My wife and I didn’t grow up in re­li­gious homes, but we don’t want this for our chil­dren. How old do they have to be be­fore they can un­der­stand some­thing about God?

We want to do the right thing, but I guess we’re not sure how to go about it.

Small chil­dren won’t un­der­stand every­thing we wish we could teach them about God and his will — but they can un­der­stand some­thing! Don’t hes­i­tate, there­fore, to go ahead and be­gin teach­ing them about God and Je­sus.

Think of it this way: How old does a child have to be be­fore he or she un­der­stands that you love them? You know the an­swer; al­most from the mo­ment they are born, they sense your pres­ence and your love. And as the years go by, they’ll un­der­stand this even more.

In the same way, a small child can be­gin to un­der­stand that even if they can’t see God, he is still real, and he still loves them and takes care of them. They also can be­gin to un­der­stand who Je­sus is, and how much he loves them. Even now you can teach them sim­ple prayers, and read sto­ries to them from a chil­dren’s Bi­ble story book.

The most im­por­tant thing you can do, how­ever, is be an ex­am­ple to them of love and faith and obe­di­ence to God’s will. Be­gin your own jour­ney of faith to­day, by turn­ing to Je­sus Christ and ask­ing him to come into your lives. Then pray for your chil­dren, and pray that they will see Christ in you. Je­sus said, “Let the lit­tle chil­dren come to me, and do not hin­der them, for the king­dom of God be­longs to such as these” (Mark 10:14).

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