A couple years ago, we focused on what it means to life a Christian life for a while with our memory verses. We said a principle and then the verses that went with it. I think it was really good for the kids and something they can refer to when we are talking about different situations and what the Christian response should be. I’m cutting and pasting the principles and verses below, in case it’s useful to anyone. (I printed them out on cards, so they aren’t listed in any particular order.)
Christians are generous and share with those who are in need.
2 Corinthians 9:7
You must each decide in your own heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Christians work hard and aren’t lazy.
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Christians use their gifts to serve others in the church.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
Christians are known for their love.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.
Christians don’t take revenge; they pray for those who treat them badly.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.
1 Peter 3:9
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.
Christians are humble and treat other people as better then themselves.
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Christians show hospitality.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Christians try to live at peace with everyone.
Do all that you can to live at peace with everyone.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Christians are faithful to their husbands and wives.
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
Christians use their words to encourage others.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Christians meet together to pray and worship.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Christians show respect to those in authority.
Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow.
Christians share the joy and suffering of others.
Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep.
Christians speak truthfully and act with integrity.
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
1 Peter 3:16b
Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Christians are always ready to share the gospel.
1 Peter 3:15-16a
Worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.
Christians honor God with their bodies and take care of them. Drunkenness, drug use, gluttony, and promiscuity are not appropriate for Christians.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:18
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Christians look out for those who are vulnerable.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’