A Blessing Not a Curse

I love to see the wonder and simplicity that is often associated with a child’s world, even some of the simplest things can be transformed into an exciting adventure. There is much that can be learned from a child. For instance, read the words of Mark, concerning Jesus, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (10:13-15, KJV). Believers can learn from the simple faith that children have. Look at Jesus’ reaction to how His disciples handled the situation, though. It says that “he was much displeased” (v. 14a). Jesus loved those children, and He was not happy at all with what His disciples were doing. Do we treasure children as much as Jesus does?

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God’s Word says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5). That means children are a gift and that having a large family is not a curse but a blessing! Of course, there is responsibility that comes with raising a family, and parents should take that responsibility seriously in loving, training, and providing for their children (Eph. 6:4, Prov. 13:24, Titus 2:4-5, Prov. 31).

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If children are truly a reward, though, why are we killing them? And, if Jesus was so displeased with His disciples for hindering the children from coming to Him, how much more is He displeased with those who brutally take the lives of precious babies? Proverbs 31:8, “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction”. We cannot be silent.

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