Learn about God’s love with these 12 Short Bible Verses for Kids, free printable Memory Verse Cards, and a Bible Verse Challenge Reward Chart!
Reading the bible with our children is such a special time together. Encouraging them to memorize scripture verses helps open their hearts to experience God’s love and learn how He shared that love through Jesus. Through these short bible verses, our kids can learn that:
- No matter what we do, God will always love us
- God shows us His love by sending us His Son, Jesus
- God pours His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
- All love comes from God
- God wants us to love Him with our whole heart
- Just like God loves us, we should love each other
When working with my girls, I take a few minutes each day to review the week’s scripture verses. We keep it casual, silly and fun!
Sign up for our Newsletter to get your Free Bible Verse Memory Cards and start your own “Bible Verse Challenge”! Use the Free Reward Chart to celebrate your child’s success. Post it on the fridge and keep track of each verse they learn with a sticker prize. When their challenge is complete, decide on a special treat to share and celebrate their learning about God’s love together.
Here are some of our favorite memory verse activities to help your children memorize their scripture passages.
5 Easy Memory Verse Games
1. Give it a Beat
Clap it, tap it, stomp it out or give it a tune. Bring out the Tupperware and make your own drums. Studies show music helps build better memory skills (especially in young children), “boosts” brain development, and strengthens attention, language and math skills!
2. Put on a Show
Create a short play about your verse, put on a puppet show, or create motions to go along with the main words. Challenge your son or daughter to come up with their own actions. Here’s a fun example from one of CHP VBS programs.
You can also try adding some ASL (American Sign Language). Here’s a kid-friendly online dictionary. At the end of the week, get together and put on your performance after Sunday dinner.
3. Silly Voices
Take turns reciting your verse using different voices. Try out a robot, cowboy/girl, alien, pirate, snake, squeaky mouse, or an underwater voice. Play with the volume and speed – loud and whisper, fast and slow, or how about a spooky, sleepy or echo voice?
4. Build a Verse Tower
For this activity I purchased a package of chalk board stickers at the dollar store and attached them to a set of Duplo blocks. Each week write your verse on the set of blocks. Mix up the pieces and let your child build a tower by arranging their word blocks in order.
5. Card Competition
Print off two copies of your Free Bible Verse Cards for Kids and play a game of “Go Fish” or lay them out upside down for a “Memory Match” competition.
12 Short Bible Verses for Kids about God’s Love
Learning these easy bible verses as a family led to so many interesting conversations about who God is and why Christians believe God = Love. Take some time to talk together about each verse. What is God saying to us in this scripture? How can we share this message of love with our friends and family? I’ve included some discussion ideas to give you a start.
1. Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NIV)
This verse is part of “The Great Commission”. Jesus sends his disciples out to tell everyone about God. But we don’ t have to be afraid because Jesus will always be with us and will help us know what to do. Say a prayer asking Jesus to show us ways we can share God’s love with our friends.
2. Psalm 136:26 “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” (NIV)
God loves us no matter what we do. He even loved us before we were born! There is nothing we can do to take God’s love away. Ask your child how this makes them feel and talk about the idea of “unconditional love”.
3. Psalm 103:8 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (NIV)
It’s easy for us to get angry or frustrated when things don’t go our way. God’s not like that. He is always full of love. Talk with your child about what they can do when they feel angry or upset to calm down and fill their heart with love instead.
4. 1 John 4:9 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (NIV)
God loves us so much He sent us Jesus so that we could be a part of His family forever. Write a thank you letter to Jesus for teaching us about God’s love.
5. Romans 5:5 “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (NIV)
God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love, peace, joy, and to be our helper, our guide, and comforter. Ask your child about a time when they helped or comforted someone. Then talk about what they would like the Holy Spirit to help them with today.
6. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (NIV)
In this letter, Paul is writing to a Church in Corinth. He describes to them what God’s love is like. Love isn’t jealous and doesn’t brag, it’s not proud and it always thinks of others. Draw a heart on a piece of paper. Think of all the words and actions that are examples of “Love” and put them inside the heart. They may also like to draw pictures to illustrate their ideas. Outside the heart think of ways people behave that are not ‘loving’. Pray with your child that you and your family will come to know God’s love more and more
7. 1 John 4:7 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (NIV)
All Love comes from God because God is made of love! When we show love to our friends and family, we’re spreading God’s love in the world. Brainstorm with your child 5 things they can do this week to show love to their family, at school, and in their community.
8. 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
Come up with a list to describe what love means to your child. Ask them what you do that makes them feel loved? Share some of the things they do that make you feel loved. Make a pack to fill each others ‘love bucket’ each day.
9. Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Paul writes another letter, this time to the Ephesians about how Christians should behave. He talks about how God calls us to be humble, gentle, patient and loving with each other. How does this help us be a better friend? How has God shown us His patience? Think of some examples where we can be patient with others.
10. Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength.”
God asks us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength. We don’t hold anything back from God! Why do you think God wants us to give Him “our all”? What ways can we show God we love Him each day? Make a list of ideas that make sense for your family. Put it up in your child’s bedroom and have them pick one or two to try each day.
11. Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.”
We don’t always get along with everyone. It can be easier to not like some people than love them. But God gives us the power to love, even those people we find annoying or upsetting. How can we show love to others when they’re unkind to us? Say a prayer asking God to help you feel love next time someone annoys you even when you don’t think they deserve it!
12. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV)
Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect except God! But that’s okay because God sent us Jesus and has already forgiven us for all our mistakes. All we have to do is believe and follow him. Ask your child about a time when they were able to forgive a friend. How did it feel?
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