Our kids are growing up in a world that keeps redefining ideas and truths. We may try to protect them, shield them from the profanity out there, and try to guard their innocent hearts and minds, but the truth is, they'll find themselves in situations where they have to make their own decisions.
By teaching kids to memorize verses, you enable them to grow deep roots in their spiritual growth. God's words are cemented in their memory and become their natural way of thinking and reacting to situations. Additionally, by memorizing the Bible, kids get to know Christ and grow their relationship with Him.
And if you are looking to have them overcome sin, memorizing Bible verses is the equivalence of hiding God's Word in their hearts that they may not sin against God. And when children face hard times, there are plenty of reassuring words in the Bible that will push them to 'press on in faith.'
Tips to Memorize Bible Verses
Now that we've established that memorizing the Bible is essential, how do we get our kids to do it and in a fun way? Well, for one, we shouldn't leave the task to Sunday school teachers only. We should equally rise to the challenge.
For starters, if the Sunday school teachers assign the kids verses to memorize during the week, you can go over them with your kid before they retire to bed on Sunday night. If there are words or phrases that they don't understand, explain them. You could also chant the verse, or even better, but the words to a simple tune. Ensure that you repeat the verse severally while emphasizing a different word each time.
If your child learns visually, urge them to jot the verse down on a piece of paper. They can also write it down using different colors for different words. They can also write the verse down and replace some of the words with pictures.
Now that we have established ways to get our kids to memorize Bible verses, the next step is to identify some short Bible verses to start them off. We have compiled a list of the best Bible verses that they will find easy to memorize. Additionally, we have included some interesting facts to the verses to help them develop an interest in the Bible as a whole.
1. Genesis 16:13
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me."
These were the words of Hagai, a maid to Sarai, who conceived with Abram but fled after Sarai mistreated her.
2. Exodus 23:25
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
Exodus is a Latin word that means 'going out.'
3. Leviticus 19:18
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
This book is a compilation of Israelite laws, including instructions on how to eat right.
4. Numbers 6:24
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The book of Numbers starts with God ordering a census on Israel's twelve tribes.
5. Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy is the last book by Moses and marks his final days as their leader.
6. Joshua 1:5
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
A little known fact: Joshua, the book, also contains an account of God separating waters for His people to pass. The flow of the River Jordan stopped, and the Israelites crossed on dry ground.
7. Judges 6:12
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior."
In this book, God led a victorious battle with only 300 men under Gideon and drove out the Midianites.
8. 2 Kings 6:16
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
In this book, you find Josiah, who became the King of Judah at only eight years.
9. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
This book narrates the history of Israel from a priestly perspective.
10. Ezra 7:10
For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
The people of Israel sinned and were exiled to Babylon. Ezra chronicles their return from Exile.
11. Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The book of Psalms is the longest in the Bible, with 150 chapters.
12. Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs' last chapter is one of the few parts in the Bible with a female author.
13. Ecclesiastes 10:1
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Ecclesiastes contains the famous saying, "there is nothing new under the sun."
14. Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah contains the unofficial mission statement of the United Nations- Isaiah 2:3-4.
15. Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah was a Prophet of God who never got married, didn't go to funerals or happy events.
16. Lamentations 3:23
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations is by far the saddest book in the Bible that depicts the Israelites' sorrow and suffering.
17. Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel contains the vision of the valley full of dry bones that came to life when the prophet spoke to them.
18. Amos 5:4
This is what the Lord says to Israel: "Seek me and live;
Amos tells the story of how God punished the Israelites because of mistreating the poor.
19. Obadiah 1:15
"The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
Obadiah is the shortest book in the Bible with only one chapter.
20. Jonah 2:2
He said: "In my distress, I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead, I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Jonah was thrown out of a ship, swallowed by a big fish, and later spat out on dry land.
21. Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah prophesied the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, 700 years before He was born.
22. Nahum 1:7
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
Nahum wrote about the destruction of Nineveh, a hundred years after Jonah warned them.
23. Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to tread on the heights.
Habakkuk wonders why people are allowed to do evil things. God later punishes them.
24. Haggai 2:5
'This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.'
The book shows that God will bless His people despite tribulation.
25. Matthew 22:39
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
26. Matthew 28:20
"... and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Jesus went against the grain when He appointed Matthew, a tax collector, as His close follower as tax collectors had a bad reputation.
27. Mark 8:36
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?
28. Luke 19:10
"...For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Luke wrote the book to a man he refers to as 'most excellent Theophilus' and documents to prove Jesus is the Son of God.
29. John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
30. John 16:33
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John was the youngest disciple and outlived all of them.
31. Acts 5:29
Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!"
32. Acts 16:31
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
Acts record the conversion of Paul, formerly Saul, on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians.
33. Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans contains Paul's letter to the Romans, explaining that righteousness is not a result of one's effort.
34. 1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
In this letter, Paul states the resurrection of Jesus is confirmed as more than 500 people witnessed it.
35. Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
36. Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Paul wrote this letter personally to fight the rise of false teachers requiring the Gentiles to follow the Jewish laws.
37. Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
38. Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
In this book, Paul likes the Christian armor to that worn by a Roman soldier guarding his prison cell.
39. Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Paul was convinced that the Roman guards would be executed when he wrote this letter, but he was later released.
40. Colossians 2:14
Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
41. Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
This letter to the Colossians contains excellent teaching on leading a Christian life.
42. 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
43. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing
44. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
45. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Paul wrote these two letters to the Thessalonians to fight the false teachings of those times.
46. 1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
47. 2 Timothy 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
Paul wrote these two letters to his 'son' Timothy, who he envisioned would carry on with Paul's work.
48. Titus 1:15
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
Titus was another student of Paul's on the island of Crete.
49. Philemon 1:4
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
The letter to Philemon from Paul was to ask him to be lenient to his runaway slave, Onesimus.
50. Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
51. Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews is the only book in the New Testament that scholars are uncertain of its authorship.
52. James 1: 17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James was one of Jesus's brothers and was skeptical about believing in Christ but later led the Christian movement.
53. 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.
54. 1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
This letter by John shows that Christians are not perfect but should show God's love.
55. 2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
2 John 1:6 talks about agape, the selfless love with a focus on others. Agape is the primary example of love displayed by Jesus.
56. Revelation 21: 4
'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
This book is John's visions from God concerning the end days.
Our duty as parents is to ready our children to respond to trials and temptations in a Christlike manner. And if we are imitating Jesus, you know Jesus overcame temptation by quoting God's word. Use these verses to create Bible lessons for kid memorize the Bible to strengthen their foundation in the Lord.
We pray that even as you set on this glorious task, that the blessings of the Lord shall be upon you and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always. May the Lord dwell in you richly, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.