Devotional

Reflecting God in Our Homes

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." -Matthew 18:6

Jesus sharply rebuked His disciples when they tried to stop parents from bringing their children to Him: “He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.’ … And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:14, 16). Children’s value to the Lord is great!

According to the psalmist, children are a heritage from the LORD (Ps. 127:3). Scripture repeatedly reminds parents to love, teach, discipline, and protect their children (Eph. 6:4; Deut. 6:6, 7; Prov. 13:24; Heb. 12:11). This warning to those who would cause a child to sin is severe, and it is a reminder of our responsibility before the Lord for our children.

As parents, we must guard our words and actions so that we never cause our children to stumble or sin. Rather, out of our love for them, everything that we do and say should reflect God’s love, God’s Word, and God’s ways (Deut. 6:6, 7).

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