Pride and Joy

20 Feb

God’s Word: Luke 18:15-17

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

The rightful place of a child is to be the pride and joy of the parents. Jesus and childThat sets the stage for a loving upbringing. Parents want only the best they can provide for their children.  In this passage, loving parents brought their “pride and joy” to Jesus, hoping He might even touch them.  The disciples saw what was going on and they shooed them off.  But Jesus stepped up and shooed away the disciples saying, “Let these children alone.  Don’t get between them and Me.  These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy.  Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”

Loving parents down through the ages are always eager to introduce their children to Jesus.    There are a variety of ways they do this.  First and foremost they set the example that Jesus set, of self-sacrifice.  Jesus did not resentfully sacrifice His time and His life on behalf of others.  No, he willingly gave of Himself for the good of all mankind—just as a parent gives up their own comfort for the good of the child.  Woe to the parents who abuse or neglect their children for the sake of their own convenience.

Loving parents demonstrate Jesus love for all before their children.  Their words and deeds are a living testimony that Jesus cares for others.  They speak Jesus’ name with reverence and bring up their children to love and honor others, as unto Jesus.  They teach them that Jesus takes their treatment of others personally.  The children learn of Jesus’ love through the love of the parents.  As a child grows, to deny or reject Jesus’ love would be as unthinkable as denying or rejecting the parents love.  Therefore, raise your children as they are–My pride and joy.

God’s Question: What example are you sitting for My children?

God’s Promise: To value a child is to value Me!

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for this beautiful charge for parents.

I am Sorry I didn’t understand this connection years ago.

Thank You for intercepting my parenting weaknesses.

Please help me set the example of loving children for You.

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