3 Tips on Talking to Kids about the Devil

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TalkMore than
half of all Americans believe in the devil, and 8 out of 10
Christians believe in the devil, according to a poll recently
featured in the Washington Examiner.

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The topic of Satan may seem like a difficult subject for
children’s ministries to tackle. But it’s important that we do so,
and there’s a right way to do it. Here are three tips to follow
when talking to kids about Satan.

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1. Keep it age appropriate. This is such a
simple step, but it’s so important. When talking about Satan-or any
Bible passage for that matter-the key is to keep the discussion at
a level your kids will understand. Don’t hide or change facts to
try to make the topic more acceptable; instead, put it in such a
way that kids can grasp on to the Bible’s truth.
Lauren Hunter has an amazing article
about how to help kids
dive into some of the Bible’s tougher parts. Make sure to check it
out before the next time you talk to your kids about Satan and
Hell.

2. Don’t scare kids into doing right. There’s
no need to go all fire and brimstone on preschool kids. We’ve
previously talked about why
shaming kids into doing the right thing isn’t the way to go
. We
don’t want our kids to avoid sin out of fear of punishment from the
devil. Instead of scaring kids, help them focus their hearts on
God!

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3. Spoil the ending. Go ahead and let kids know
who’s going to win between God and Satan. Remind kids that God is
ultimately in control and that the devil can’t change that fact!
Reassure kids that God is the undefeated champ-and always will
be!

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How do you talk to your kids about the devil? Let us know using
the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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