Children are a gift from God and a blessing to us all, so here are 9 great Bible verses about children.
Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Children are no accident. They may have accidents, but so do I, but children are sovereignly given as a gift to each parent, so children are indeed a gift from God, and “the fruit of the womb” is their reward, and what a reward they are! They bring so much joy into our lives, and they are very precious in God’s sight, and very special to Him. I suspect that they are very precious to you too.
Matthew 18:3 Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Why would Jesus say that we must “become like children” or we “will never enter the kingdom?” I believe it’s because children are teachable; children are humble; children are trusting; and children are eager to learn as much as they can, and so should we. If we are teachable, humble, and trust in Christ, then we will enter the kingdom. God is opposed to the proud, but ready to extend His grace to the humble (James 4:6).
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The word “provoke” simply means to incite or produce, so fathers can easily produce anger, enrage, exasperate, or incite their children to anger. By the way fathers talk to their children, they can easily provoke them to anger. The tone of our voice says a lot about how we feel, and an angry tone of voice can easily create an angry child. It might even make them feel that they can never please their father, so fathers, do not provoke or cause your children to be angry. If fathers do, then they have God’s anger directed toward them.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
There is a great misunderstanding about this verse. This is not a guarantee that if you train up a child in the way they should go, meaning instructing them in the ways of God, that they will never depart from God or leave the faith. When the child is old, they may return to God by remembering their Christian roots. Many children do depart from the faith after being trained up in the Lord, but thankfully, many do come back.
Matthew 18:10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
What a dangerous thing it is to offend or despise a little child. Every child is unique and very special to God, which is why Jesus so often allowed the little children to come to Him. If we do offend one of these little ones, we must remember that their angels are before the Father and report what they see, even though God sees all.
Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
What parent or grandparent doesn’t bubble with enthusiasm when asked about their grandchild? My youngest grandson was recently baptized, and what a joy that was. I couldn’t wait to tell others about it. It was such joyful news that I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, but that’s fine with them. When we see our children and grandchildren, it’s almost as if we go back in time when our own children again were that age. Oh, the precious memories that will come from the blessing of children and grandchildren.
Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Sometimes parents have been known to have their child come up to them and ask to be baptized, but then sometimes parents wait or try to talk to them about this first to see if they’re sure about this, and if they understand what they’re doing. They might even have them wait until their older, thinking they might be too young to understand what it means to be saved, but Jesus would say, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
If fathers don’t provoke their children to anger, the children will more easily “obey [their] parents in the Lord.” One way we can help our children obey is to obey ourselves. In other words, show them the walk to walk with the Lord and then walk that way themselves. Children tend to do what parents are doing more than what they are saying. Parental actions can often drown out their words. As they say, our actions often drown out our words.
Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
This is also a command given to children, but this is not only for children who are still minors. Like the commandment to honor your father and your mother (5th), keeping your father’s commandment and mother’s teaching is intended for a lifetime. Just as there is no expiration date for the commandment to not murder, neither does the commandment to honor your parents end with adulthood. This commandment is for life, and it has the promise of a longer life for those who obey (Ex 20:12; Deut 11:9; Eph 6:3). Obeying parents is part of honoring parents, but only when it is “in the Lord.”
If you have children or grandchildren, it is no accident. God sovereignly placed them in your life so that you could make a difference in their life. It’s the ultimate “pay it forward,” but in this case, it’s not a good deed, but teaching them about the goodness of God. If they are brought up in the admonition of the Lord, they are less likely to depart from it when they’re older, and even if they do depart from it for a time, that seed is still planted in their minds, and perhaps in time, it may yield fruit…but that is up to God. All that parents, grandparents, and caregivers can do is to make the way of the Lord known, go that way themselves, and then leave the rest up to God.