Spiritual Lessons You Can Share with Your Grandchildren
The Bible is filled with wisdom and practical life lessons that can help us build close ties with our families, form beneficial friendships, manage our finances and live with integrity.
Many seniors of faith have been blessed by following the Lord's commands and want to impart these benefits to the younger members of their family. But they may be uncertain how to start. If this sounds like you, here are three spiritual lessons you can share with your grandchildren today that have the potential to change and improve their lives.
Our Bodies Are The Temple Of God
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul states in chapters three and six that our bodies are God's Temple. Because we were bought with the price of Jesus's own life, it's important that we don't take our health for granted and neglect our bodies.
Seniors in our communities have many exercise programs and educational resources available to them, which can help them learn about the effects of stress, poor nutrition and lack of sleep on the human body. They can then take this knowledge and encourage their grandchildren to see themselves as God sees them and take care of their physical health as a result.
The Greatest Commandment Is To Love God
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV
When questioned by scribes on the most important law in the Bible, Jesus answers them from one of the first books in the Old Testament. When speaking with his disciples at another point in His ministry, Jesus makes the statement that whoever loves Him will obey His teachings and will abide with God and Him (John 14:23), which is the sum goal of the entire Christian Gospel. You can share this message verbally with younger family members but also through demonstrating this type of love for them.
The Impact Of Quiet Time With God
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 NIV
Life can be chaotic, and in this age of technology and smart phones, the younger members of our family are usually being pulled in several directions at once while feeling like they are always on call. Jesus experienced the crush of crowds and a constant demand for His attention by those around Him on a daily basis.
He taught us how to manage our own stress by living out an example for us to follow in which He took time to pray and be alone with God. This personal contact in quiet moments can help believers consider their priorities and keep their focus centered on God and His calling in their lives.
Posted on Tue, September 17, 2019
by Shawn Deane