The COTHA LiL’ Kids are so much fun! We have had a fantastic Season of Lent, and we are super excited it is Easter! This next month we are learning how we can grow as a child of God!
We grow by learning His word. Just like eating good food to keep us growing healthy and strong, we need to learn his Word to grow as His child. Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
We grow by doing His word. When we do what His word says we become strong in faith, just like our bodies need exercise to keep us healthy and strong. James 1:22 “Do not just listen to the word...Do what it says.”
God wants us to grow in our love for Him! Just like we show love to our family and friends by talking to them, listen to them, and spending time with them; God wants His children to show love for Him in these same ways. When we talk to God we are praying. Praying can be talking out loud or with your thoughts! We can be thankful, say we are sorry or wrong, and we can ask for help when we are sad, angry, scared, or worried! When we spend time with God our love for Him grows. “You are my God, and I will give you thanks.” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.” Psalm 109:26 “Help me, O Lord my God.”
God wants us to grow in our love for others. It is so wonderful to be in God’s family. God’s word tells us: John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” As we learn His word, practice doing His word, and grow in our love for Him we share God’s love with everyone around us. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
The LiL’ Kids, one day (all too soon), will be grown up. But as a child of God we keep growing forever! There are always new things to learn, new ways to show love to God and to others. Each week we pray a blessing for the children as they leave the Worship Center: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace and may you continue to grow to love and know Jesus with all of your heart!”
As adults may we never assume we are grown up so we are full grown. If we are a child of God we have the awesome journey of growing up...forever! Always there is more to learn and to be amazed by, more faith to grow in our hearts and into action, and a deeper love to be fathomed and the joy of sharing the Heavenly Father’s love with others!