Are kids too young to memorize scripture? Certainly not! If you’ve ever heard a child sing the entire SpongeBob theme song by heart, you know that they have an awesome capacity to memorize.
So, instead of having them fill their brains with song lyrics and TV commercial jingles, why not help them hide God’s word in their hearts? The Holy Spirit can bring memorized Scripture to mind at the moments they’ll need it most.
Bible Verses Every Kid Should Know:
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (NIV).
This verse explains salvation quickly and easily! A child with this verse in his arsenal can quote it to explain salvation to a buddy.
I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them (NLT).
This is a verse for today’s computer/iPad/cellphone owning kids— they are constantly bombarded by the media. Since some TV shows, movies, and internet content can be harmful for young minds, this verse will remind them to stay away from anything that doesn’t please God.
Do to others as you would have them do to you (NIV).
Known even in non-Christian circles as “the golden rule”, this little verse is easy to memorize. Sibling rivalry is often a big problem that kids face in childhood, and this verse can help them think twice before walloping their younger brother or sister on the head.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord (NIV).
That’s Mom and Dad’s favorite verse! Perhaps the youngsters won’t be too keen on it, but they can remember Exodus 20:12 as well, to remind them that God promises long life to those who honor their parents.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (NKJV).
Kids going through rough times at school and at home can be comforted by this verse. If they learn to find strength and a “can do” attitude in God at an early age, there’s no telling what they can accomplish as adults.
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others (NIV).
This verse may not be one of the most well-known, but it’s perfect for adolescents dealing with gossip. The Bible hits the nail on the head when it reminds us that we’re good at dishing out the criticism, but we don’t like to take it.
1 JOHN 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (NIV).
Humans can be so unforgiving, but kids need to know that God will ALWAYS forgive them when they mess up!
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (ESV).
God is with us all the time! When a child is afraid, he can remember this verse and be confident that God will take care of him and help him.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (NIV).
Children tempted to get into squabbles and arguments can remember this scripture passage and learn to forgive others, since God has forgiven them.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His loving-kindness lasts forever! (NLV).
A thankful child is a happy child. If a kid learns to be grateful while he’s young, he’ll live a much fuller, joy-filled life.