What the New Testament Says About Children

Yesterday we gave you some Bible verses from the Old Testament about children. Today we wanted to explore the subject further in honor of Children’s Day on May 5th, but with passages from the New Testament.

In 2 Timothy 3:14-15 we are told of the joy of learning early about the Salvation from Jesus:

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 
15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Jesus loved the little children, as we all know, & he often reminded the adults to pay attention to them, such as this passage from Matthew 21:15-16:
15But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 
16“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”
Continuing in Matthew 18:10:
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
And, of course, the very beautiful verses that precede these in Matthew 10:13-16:
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 
14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 
15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 
16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
We never forget that children are a gift from God, no matter how frustrated we may feel sometimes as adults. Reflecting on these verses can bring a sense of peace & restore the balance when life as a parent sometimes seems too much to cope with.

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