What do your children think the gospel is?

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Do your children believe the gospel of Christ is about His performance on the cross? Or do your kids think that the gospel means God will only be pleased if they obey him and obey you? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love them? Your everyday talk teaches your functional understanding of the gospel to your children. Does your everyday talk center upon grace or performance?

Listen to your children talk about their understanding of the gospel. They do, you know. You may be thinking that children seldom, if ever, sit around and talk about the gospel. Actually, they do all the time. Listen to your children talk. Listen to what makes them happy or sad. Listen to what they say about how you love them. Listen, listen, listen.

“Mommy, I’m sorry I make you angry.”

“Daddy, I won’t do it again.”

“Why is everybody mad at me?”

“Do you think God is mad at me?”

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