Explaining God’s Grace to your Children
As you know, most of my life sized questions happen on the way to school. One particular morning, I was trying to define God’s grace to my children. I know, pretty deep for a car ride to school. I never want to water down my responses, especially when they have questions about God; but I do try to use comparisons and analogies that are familiar to them and will help them relate. So, this is how I explained it.
Explaining God’s Grace?
I compared grace to not eating your vegetables, not finishing your dinner, not brushing your teeth, but still being able to have your dessert. That’s grace; unearned favor.
How do we say Thank you for this gift?
So this leads to a conversation of what do you say when someone gives you a gift? Of course, the answer is to say “Thank you”. So, then comes the next question, what can we do that would be a sufficient “thank you” for all God has done for us? Our conclusion was nothing. There’s nothing we can do to compare to the gift of grace. There isn’t anything that God even asks us to do! He simply requests that we love Him. We agreed that this is something we could strive to do better every day.
Friends, please don’t underestimate what your kids can grasp. Try to bring it down to their level, and always be willing to plant seeds of love. And believe me when I tell you, my kids typically start these discussions. They’re curious, and want to learn more.
I hope this helps explain God’s grace to your kiddies!