Fear of God Devotional: Teaching Children About Repentance



How can you explain the concept of repentance to your children?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that you can help illustrate the concept of repentance to your children by helping them to understand that just as they are moved to grief when they sin against their earthly father, they should also sorrow because they are sinning against their heavenly Father. 

That is what true repentance is like. When we sin, we must realize that we have sinned against our heavenly Father. There is a deep grief over our sin and a longing to be with Christ in Heaven. For those who truly repent, the smallest sins grieve you because you want to live for God.

He mentioned that the reformer John Owen said that individuals should doubt their salvation if they are not concerned about remaining and indwelling sin in their own life.  

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”  

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