Teaching Tip of the Week
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Teaching Children to Deal with Sin
No matter how much we wish to the contrary, there is temptation in the world
for all believers, children included. Here are some things you can teach your
children to help them be victorious:
You could teach a series of three lessons on living victoriously over sin,
bringing out three people the Bible tells of that used (or refused to use)
these strategies. Perhaps the failure of the children of Israel among the
Canaanites, Joseph and Potiphar's wife and Daniel and his friends refusing
to eat the king's food. In any case let the children know that "He who is in
you is greater than he that is in the world." (I John 4:4)
- If there are people or places that usually harbor temptations, teach the
children to avoid them. I Corinthians 15:33 warns, "Do not be decieved: Evil
company corrupts good habits."
- Another option is the one taken by Joseph when confronted by Potiphar's
wife. Run! I Corinthians 10:13 promises, "No temptation has overtaken you
except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you
to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also
make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." Teach the children
to look for the way out that God has provided.
- However, sometimes sin must be faced head-on. James 4:7 says, "Therefore
submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Teach the
children to influence others for righteousness rather than be influenced for
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