The Gift of Children

Text: Psalm 127:3-5

Our view of children must be shaped by the Bible, not by society. Children are a gift from God. While there are responsibilities that come with parenting, children should not be seen as a burden, but as a blessing.

Children are a Gift from God

  • Children are to be seen as a blessing (Psalm 127:3-5; 1 Chronicles 26:4-5)
  • Children are an example of God’s enduring providence (Genesis 4:1; 1 Timothy 2:15)
  • At the same time, we must also realize that not all will be blessed with children – this requires patience, contentment, and a lack of jealousy on the part of the one who is childless (Genesis 30:1-2); also requires compassion and respect by others for the one who is childless (1 Samuel 1:2,6)

Many in the World Have a Contrary View

  • Children are seen as a burden, rather than a blessing – parents sacrifice their children for their own welfare (2 Kings 6:28-29); parents sacrifice their children for their sake of their idol (Jeremiah 32:35), which may not necessary be a graven image, but could be things like money, a career, a lifestyle, etc.
  • The view of many that children are not a gift of God is a consequence of evolutionary thought – man is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27); but if that were not true, then man is no different than animals (Ecclesiastes 3:19-21)
  • The plague of abortion – babies are aborted for various reasons (financial burden, unwanted responsibility, embarrassment, etc.); ultimately, it comes down to the fact that people do not recognize the great gift that children are; abortion does not just terminate a clump of cells, it kills one made in God’s image (Jeremiah 1:4-5; Psalm 139:13-16)

How to Treat Children as a Gift

  • Be thankful for them (1 Samuel 1:10-11,20; 2:1-2,5)
  • Value them (Hosea 9:16)
  • Deal with them appropriately (Hebrews 12:10; Ephesians 6:4)

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