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Children - Gifts From God
By Pastor John

Psalm 127:3-5
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate." (NIV)

Psalm 127:3-5
"Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate." (NAS)

The Value of Children

In this passage children are called:
"a heritage from the LORD "
"a reward from him"
"a gift of the LORD"

If we value our children as a gift of God, we will:

Train them
Proverbs 22:6
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

This leaves room for prodigals. Some children come to the Lord later in life, after years of rebellion.  I was 29 years old when I came to Christ.  But the Lord's promise holds true if we trust Him and obey Him.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."

Use every possible means to train your children: Family alter, home schooling, Christian schools, conversation with your kids.

Discipline them
Proverbs 22:15
"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him."

Proverbs 13:24
"He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him."

Our Heavenly Father disciplines those whom He loves.
Hebrews 12:6
6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

Pray for them
Job 1:5
5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.

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