Crosses             LBG                  HateLove

Devotional - week of February 19, 2017


THE LITTLE CHILDREN

And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.  Mark 10:16

No other passage in the New Testament reveals more vividly the tenderness of Jesus than those relating His love for little children.

The Apostle Paul gave attention to children. He wrote:

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4

Some little children are not loved. Some are abused. The Child Protective Agencies created by government entities are testimonies to the vulnerability of little children

Little children are completely helpless and require the care of someone who is filled with love, joy, peace, patience, wisdom, meekness, and kindness to give them attention.

The Holy Spirit produces these qualities in us who are believers. Therefore, little children need the care of one who is filled with the Holy Spirit.

We can be filled with the Holy Spirit by living out the life of grace.

This realization places on those who live by grace a sense of urgency to promote the message of grace. But how can we do so?

We can do so by continuing to provide examples to other parents to turn to the life of grace themselves.

The message of living by grace can be promoted through prayer—believers continually asking the Heavenly Father to reveal this message to other believers.

The message of grace can be promoted through personal testimonies and through teaching the Scriptures that express how one may enter into the life of grace.

There are no perfect children, but many parents have proven that living out the life of grace has enabled them to raise their children with the qualities produced by the Holy Spirit.