Children are a blessing. Look at this little excerpt from Jesus's life on earth:

Mark 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

As you can see in verse 12, Jesus was having a discussion. Many people would be right there along side the disciples saying: "Jesus is busy now, he doesn't have time to play". But Jesus was "much displeased" with His disciples. Jesus wanted the children, he touched them, picked them up, and blessed them. He put aside His discussion with the pharisees. There was something more important, children.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

And the Mark account:
Mark9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

Did you notice what He said in verse 5 up there, and also 37? That is powerful. I don't know exactly what that means, but I do know that it says "whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me". So when you receive a child you are receiving Jesus. And I don't know about you, but I want to receive Jesus in every way I can.

I hear a lot of jokes about children being trouble, a hassle, and an inconvenience. It makes me very sad when I hear this, because it is the opposite of Jesus's attitude about children.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Jesus still had the child that he had taken in His arms right there with them during all this in Matthew 18, and He taught two little lessons in between. He did not separate children from his teaching times.

So be like Jesus, touch, bless, hold, let be part of your life, and love, love, love children.

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