What are some of the top Bible verses about Children? What are your top Bible verses about children? Here are seven of mine.
Children are a Gift of God
Psalm 127:3-5a “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!”
To me, this verse says that children are not a right to have but a gift from God. These precious little ones are ours for a time before they are released like arrows from the archer. We try and aim them in the right direction but just as the archer has to release the arrow from the bow, parents must release their children in the proper time and recognize that ultimately, children are “from the Lord” and to Him they belong.
Receive the Kingdom like Children
Luke 18:15-17 “Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Jesus absolutely adored children and rebuked the disciples when they tried to keep them from Him. He said that if we don’t “receive the kingdom of God like a child [we] shall not enter it.” What does this mean? Children are teachable, pliable, humble, and have great faith. So too must we be childlike when we enter God’s presence. This does not mean we are to be childish but childlike for “to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Teach Your Children
Deuteronomy 11:19-21 “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
These verses are written to parents but for children. It is for their sake that we teach them when they are sitting, walking, laying down, and rising up because if parents do this, then “the days of [our] children may be multiplied in the land.” In other words, if they learn about God in the early days, they will be more likely to obey in the latter days and by living in this obedience they may live a longer life. Disobedience tends to shorten the days while obedience can lead not only to a longer life…and ultimately and hopefully to eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Live in Obedience for your Children
Proverbs 20:7 “The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!”
At first glance, this verse seems more about a righteous person than it does children but there is a cause and effect relationship in this Scripture. A righteous father and mother who walk in integrity will be seen by their children and their children will tend to follow that example and be blessed by it. As it has been said before, more is caught than is taught. You might not think so, but your children are watching you and what you are saying is often drowned out by what you are doing.
The Children of Peace
Isaiah 54:13 “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”
I realize that this verse is about Israel but even so, this verse looks forward to the time when everyone will know God and all the children will be taught by their parents…no, not only the parents but they “shall be taught by the Lord” and that will cause something great…“great shall be the peace of your children.” The world has never really known peace and never will until the Lord Jesus Christ rules in righteousness. That day is coming.
A Promise for the Children
Acts 2:39 “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
The promises of God are not only for us but for our children as well. For those who are Christian parents, you can remind your children that they too can receive the promises that have been given. Those promises are that if they call on the Lord they will be saved (Rom 10:9-13), that God will forgive them of their sins (1 John 1:9), that they can have Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Cor 5:21), and that they too can receive eternal life by believing on Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17). Those are some very powerful promises, are they not? Those same promises God gave to us are for our children as well.
A Commandment for Long Life
Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
This is similar to Deuteronomy 11:21 where “the days of your children may be multiplied in the land” if they obey their parents, however this “is the first commandment with a promise” where Paul is actually quoting Exodus 20:12 which says “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Here also is an affect (to live a long life) caused by obeying parents. Not only does this command go with living “long in the land” but also “that it may go well with” them throughout their lives.
We have read that we must be like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven and if you have been born again (John 3:3) then John says in 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” but if you reject Jesus Christ as Savior, you are children of the Devil (1 John 3:10). These two types of children enter a completely different place (Rev 20:11-15; Rev 22, 23). You choose which child you will be.
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Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon