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5 Bible Verses for Kids About Perseverance

by Carlie Kercheval on January 20, 2020

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When it comes to training our children, perseverance is an amazing character trait to teach. And if we’re being honest, the younger we start, the better because learning how to persevere through the hard times isn’t easy (not even for adults). 

According to Dictionary.com, perseverance is defined as "steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement." This is a spiritual discipline that we cannot neglect while raising and teaching our children. They are going to come up against disappointment, challenges, and frustrations and we have the amazing privilege of teaching them they can do hard things with God's help!

The Bible has plenty to say about the importance of perseverance. Today we are going to take a look at 5 Bible verses to help teach kids the art of persevering. All of these verses are excellent for scripture memorization as a family. 

5 Bible Verses For Kids About Perseverance

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9 presents a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about perseverance. This verse gives them hope in knowing that if they continue to do what’s right in the eyes of God, they will reap a harvest for their obedience. 

Romans 5:4 (NIV)

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 

When training our children under God’s instruction, it is so important that we instill the importance of developing Christ-like character. This verse will help them hold onto the hope that when they are facing difficulties, God is still working things out for their good. It is a constant reminder that when we look at things from a long term perspective, we know that God will show His faithfulness if we let Him. We also know that the hard seasons will eventually pass.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

It is important to remember that this verse is a directive. We have the opportunity to teach our children to obey God’s Word, even in hard times. Romans 12:12 perfectly depicts the character God wants to cultivate in the hearts of His people and teaches our children how good God really is.

James 1:12 (NIV)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Can I get an Amen? James 1:12 really gets to the heart of why perseverance matters. Without developing perseverance we are not able to receive the blessings of God because we are unable to see them. God is good, that will never change. But it is our decision to follow God's way, even when it’s hard, that gives us the ability to hear Him in all seasons. 

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 

Here it is again! In order to receive the fullness of what God has promised us, we must learn to persevere and not compromise when times get tough. This is a wonderful reminder throughout our lives that God’s faithfulness is ever-present, but our faithfulness positions us to receive the fullness of it.

It is such a gift and an honor to raise our children as unto the Lord. Be encouraged that even when your parenting journey feels in vain that God’s Word never fails. The beautiful thing about raising our children to love God’s Word is that it helps us to grow in our faith in God as well. May you and your family persevere under the mighty hand of our Savior!

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