Children are regarded as symbols of hope, the embodiment of innocence, and the carriers of the future. The Bible provides profound insights into the value and significance of children. This post will discuss what the Bible has to say about children — their roles, upbringing, and how Jesus feels about them.
Children Are Divine Blessings
One moving biblical story depicts Jesus affectionately embracing children, demonstrating their special position in His heart and the kingdom of Heaven.
Psalm 127:3- 5 states that children are a heritage from the Lord. In this bible verse, children are likened to arrows that hold the potential to reach distant targets. They are a gift, a heritage, and a reward—a source of joy and strength.
The Bible encourages us to emulate the example set by Jesus, who welcomed children with open arms. We can show children that they are valued not only in our eyes but also in the eyes of God.
Teach Children According to the Bible
In Proverbs 22:6, we were advised to train up a child in the way that he should go. This verse tells that even when a child is taught this way, even when he is old, he will not depart from it. It highlights the significance of parental guidance and the influence that parents and caregivers have on molding a child’s character.
While the Bible offers guidance on nurturing children’s spiritual and moral development, it also acknowledges their inherent imperfections. Proverbs 13:24 highlights that those who withhold correction from their children demonstrate disdain, while those who hold affection for their children are attentive to instructing them.
Times of guidance and correction present an opportunity to impart to a child that, just as God corrects us out of love, parents do the same for their children.
While the Bible offers guidance on nurturing children’s spiritual and moral development, it acknowledges their inherent imperfections.
Proverbs 20:11 acknowledges that children, like adults, can make choices that reflect their character. It emphasizes the importance of guiding children towards righteousness and self-awareness.
Jesus Loves Children
Upon descending to Earth, Jesus’ purpose was twofold. Firstly, He came to bring salvation to the world by dying and returning to life. Secondly, He wanted to show people how to treat each other kindly and with love.
Throughout His earthly ministry, He didn’t only talk to grown-ups or do amazing things for them. He also showed His care for children. He brought back to life children who had passed away, made sick children better, and helped children who were troubled by bad things. His deep affection for children is clearly shown in stories from the Gospel.
For instance, there was a time when His close followers asked Him who would be the most important in a special place called Heaven. He answered them by pointing out that being innocent and having simple faith, like children, is valuable (Matthew 18:1-6).
Children are not only the promise of the future but a divine blessing of creation. Symbolizing hope, innocence, and the future, children hold a special place in the grand narrative of human existence.
The Bible teaches us that children are valuable bearers of grace, love, and potential, not just recipients of our guidance. They are reflections of divine blessings deserving of our nurturing care and mirrors through which we glimpse the beauty of simple faith and unassuming love.