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What do you tell your child when they sin?

Posted on 3/23/2017 by Greg Yoder

The common thing to say is, “Pray, Sammy, that God will give you the power over your sin and that He will help you make the right choices.” Hasn’t Jesus already done that? As Christians, didn’t Christ’s death on the cross already give us victory over sin and death? We just need to be reminded of our position in Christ. We know Paul’s words well: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV). Is there anything more Christ has to do to give us power over our sins? When your kids sin, remind them that in Christ we already have the power over sin. Then ask them, “Are you ‘in Christ’?” It could give you a chance to lead your child to the Savior.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 2;8-9
Tags: Salvation, sin

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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