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Teaching Children from Proverbs

The book of Proverbs should be a central component to the methods we use for training our children. It was written by Solomon (excluding the final two chapters which were written by others) for his son. Consider the different statements to this point found in the book.

– “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” (1:8)
– “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” (1:10)
– “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” (1:15)
– “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (2:1-5)
– “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:” (3:1)
– “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:” (3:11)
– “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:” (3:21)
– “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.” (4:10)
– “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” (4:20)
– “My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:” (5:1)
– “And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?” (5:20)
– “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.” (6:1-2)
– “Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. (6:3)
– “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:” (6:20)
– “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.” (7:1)
– “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (19:27)
– “My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.” (23:15)
– “Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.” (23:19)
– “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” (23:26)
– “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” (24:13-14)
– “My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?” (24:21-22)
– “My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.” (27:11)

As one reads the book of Proverbs, the wisdom of God in dealing with the many various situations of life is seen in stark contrast to the wisdom of men. In the times of teaching and training our children, why not bolster our instruction with the biblical proverbs that apply to such teaching? There are proverbs dealing with everything from abundance to zeal; lying to lust; love to hate; friends to enemies; parents to spouses; and everything in between. We often use the proverbs as a personal tool, but they are a vital teaching tool and one that works well to impress on young minds the principles of guidance found throughout Scripture. Therefore, let us: “Train up a child in the way he should go” (22:6), that when he is old he will not depart from it.

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When God Loses a Child

I have six children; three that I am blessed to be able to hold today, two that were lost in the womb, and one I look forward to holding in November. I have experienced some of the joys and sorrows of being a parent, and I’m sure I will experience many more as the years pass.

This morning, it was through watery eyes that I read of a family who lost their infant child last night because of health complications with his heart. The sorrow and pain they are enduring cannot be described nor explained with mere words, but at the same time there is also hope in the opportunity in eternity to see that child again.

As I was contemplating these things this morning, another thought entered the mix: we are made in the image of God. Mankind was created with a soul, with cognitive abilities and emotional spectrums similar to our Creator. He has given us reason and logic, love, anger, compassion, desire, and many other processes that are similar in nature to his own. That being the case, I believe we often overlook the means by which we can see how God feels when he loses a child.

When we lose a child, someone we created, someone we loved and cherished, for whom we sought to provide and care, who we would give anything to protect, even if it meant our own lives, what does it do to us? It causes grief and agony, sorrow and tears. The same holds true for God. We often consider God to be all love or all anger, all fire and brimstone or all cuddles and warm fuzzy feelings.

The truth is that God is full of love for mankind. He is our Creator, he has sought to protect us, care for us, lead and direct us, save us from our own foolishness, and provide for our eternal wellbeing: even to the point of sacrificing his own life for our sins. However, it has often been the case that God has lost his children, not because of failure on his part, but because of failure on ours. When that happens, we see the anguish of God as he struggles to bring his people back, to convince them of the error of their ways, and to show them the truth. Often they will not listen. Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Mat. 23:37).

When we lose a child, we have hope to see that child again, but imagine the pain it causes God when he loses a child and will never be able to be reunited with that soul. That is why God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). He does not want anyone to be lost, but many will choose to be, and his righteousness and justice will not allow him to bend the rules for those who have refused him (Rom. 2:11; 11:22).

Alternately, we can also understand the anger of God with those unrighteous individuals who try to pull others away from him to destruction.  Jesus stated, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Mat. 18:6 ESV). Imagine for a moment that you see an individual who is trying to lure one of your children away from your side so that he can kill that child, forever removing him from your love and influence; what would you do? How would you react to such wicked and cruel intentions? This is exactly what the individual who seeks to cause another to sin is doing, and it brings God’s anger fully to bear on the individual responsible. There will be no mercy for such an individual without full repentance.

When we lose a child, the sorrow and pain can seem overwhelming, but it can be overcome by the love of God and the understanding of his word. Nevertheless, these tragedies also give us a glimpse into the feelings and emotions of God toward his creation, his children, and how our lives and actions affect him. Let us encourage others, both outside of Christ and separated from Christ, to understand God’s love and care for them; and let us never forget what happens to God when he loses a child.

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“Train up a Child”

The wise man Solomon wrote, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Pro. 22:6). Parents have heard this verse and bestowed it upon their children for generations. However, the more I have studied and contemplated this passage of Scripture, the more I believe that we do not really understand the wisdom Solomon was presenting. Let us examine each section of this verse and understand the implications of it.

Train up a child

Most parents consider the word “train” to mean teach or prepare, but that is not the meaning of the word used here. The Hebrew word is chanak and it means, “to initiate, dedicate, discipline, or train up” (Strong). Of the five times it is used in the Old Testament, every other occurrence is translated “dedicate” or “dedication.” The emphasis of “train” is far more than simple teaching, it is a dedicated regimen that directs, regulates, and impresses upon the child, in every manner of life, the path to be taken.

The word for “child” in this verse is the Hebrew word na’ar and it defines a child as a boy or girl from infancy through adolescence. This training is not intended to start at age 5, 10, or 13, but instead from the moment the child leaves the womb. It is the same form of reference to a child that Paul makes concerning Timothy in Second Timothy 3:15. Therefore, this dedication is to begin at birth and continue to adulthood.

In the way he should go:

The term, “the way” is defined as a road or the path of a journey. It is not a simple direction toward which to be pointed, but a specific path to be chosen. This goes against the grain of many parents’ philosophy whereby they point their children in the general direction and then allow them to “choose their own path.” The manner of direction Solomon dictates is a singular devotion to a particular path of life, thereby removing all others.

Additionally, the phrase “he should go” is an interesting one. Of the more than 500 times the Hebrew word peh is used in the Old Testament, this is the only time it is translated with this phrase. The word carries with it the basic meaning of “the mouth” or “the instruction of the mouth.” In other words, Solomon is not stating that parents are to point their children in the direction they want them to go and let them be on their way; rather, they are to take them down the path instruction dictates they must go.

And when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Parents have often argued from examples of children who were raised in “Christian” homes and did not follow the path of their parents that this is not a one-size-fits-all statement, and that it would be more proper to state “and when he is old, he SHOULD not depart from it.” The only problem with that is, the statement is emphatic in the Hebrew, without exception or exemption. Also remember the statement is given by the inspiration of God; therefore, man should not be trying to change the validity or intention of the statement as given. Solomon’s statement is absolute; thus, if a child does not turn out as he should, the problem lies not with the truthfulness of the statement of Solomon, but with the application of the parents in enacting the instructions. God is emphatic that if we enact this principle, our children will follow the path dictated.

Applying the Proverb

What is Solomon, by inspiration, telling us? Let us put all the facts together. Parents need to dedicate their children to the path instructed from the time they are infants. This dedication means to focus on this singular path above all else, and if any part of life leaves that path, that part of life is left behind. Dedication requires full devotion to the path selected.

Is this what we do with our children? Unfortunately, for most parents, it is not. They take their children, point them in a direction and hope they do not get distracted, meanwhile they bombard them with every distraction and side-track imaginable that could veer them off the pointed direction. Parents state they want their children to be Christians, but then constantly place before them athletics, school activities, entertainment, worldly fashion, peer-pressure, and all other forms of distraction that pull them away from the stated goal; then the parents wonder what went wrong when the child follows those things instead of following God.

As parents, our responsibility is not to “point them in the right direction,” but from their earliest moments on this earth to place them on the proper path, by means of example, instruction, and guidance, and to ensure that there is never any deviation from that path as they are growing up. This does not mean no accessory activities can be a part of life; but from the beginning it must be understood that when those activities leave the path of service to God, those activities are left behind.

The instruction must be absolute, unwavering, and unapologetic. The parent’s responsibility is not, as most in today’s society believe, to allow the child to try everything and see what they like; instead it is to give them constant doses of the right thing so that everything else is in perspective. It also means the parents must live a life of example before their children. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can be allowed to stand between the parent and God. God must come first in all things. For the parent cannot direct the child down a path the parent is not walking. When the parent veers off the path, he gives the child cause to do so as well. For this dedication to be complete, it must be absolute both in the parents and the children.

This method of child-rearing is not popular, nor is it fashionable, but it is godly, authorized, and acceptable. God has told us that if we fully and completely dedicate our children to the path of service to him, without deviation or dilution, the outcome will be faithful servants of God. Are we willing to take God at his word?

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The Relationship between Fathers and Children

Sadly, we live in a society that finds nearly half of all its children in homes without a mother and father together. In most of those instances, it is the father that is missing from the picture. No matter how hard one may try, it is impossible for one parent to adequately fill the role of two. The responsibilities and impacts on the life of the child are different and cannot be fully engaged without both parents.

In consideration of fathers and their role in the home, there are three basic attributes that a father has the responsibility to present to his children. If these three attributes are present, the child will have a distinct advantage in overcoming the trials and struggles of this life. They are among the greatest responsibilities the father will ever undertake, but they are also among the most rewarding experiences of this life. Consider the relationship God expects to find between fathers and their children.

A relationship of love. There should never be any doubt in a child’s mind that he or she is loved and important in the life of the father. True love is a love of sacrifice (1 Cor. 13; John 3:16). Sometimes that sacrifice is one of time: time spent helping, playing, or enjoying life with that child. Sometimes that sacrifice is one of pleasure: doing something you do not particularly like because your child enjoys it. Sometimes that sacrifice is one of protection: having to tell the child no about something they want to do or have, because it is wrong or harmful to the child’s development and relationship with God. Fathers must love their children enough to do far more than tell them they love them, but to show them every day, by the decisions they make and the time they take, that their children are the greatest treasures in life and the greatest joys in their world.

A relationship of instruction. Fathers have the distinct responsibility of instructing and preparing their children for life. The word “instruction” means, “a spoken or written statement of what must be done; teaching in a particular subject or skill; the act, process, or profession of teaching.” Fathers are to be teachers. Paul wrote, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). The responsibility of preparing our children to serve God lies squarely on the shoulders of the father. This is a responsibility that has often been placed on the already laden shoulders of the mother, but it’s time to put it back where it belongs. Dads, it’s time to be teachers again.

That instruction may come in a variety of areas. It may be teaching your child to build a fort, to ride a bike, to challenge the mind to further inquiry. But the greatest area of instruction needed is found in what is necessary to obey God and serve him acceptably. Fathers, if our children do not know, both from experience and instruction, what it means to love, serve, and worship God; if they do not know what God’s Word proclaims as necessary for a life of righteousness and why those things are the case; the blame falls directly upon us. God said of Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Gen. 18:19). Could God say the same of us?

A relationship of discipline. It is unfortunate that, in today’s society, discipline is considered a dirty word. It is seen as negative and derogatory. But consider the definition of “discipline.” It is, “Training to act in accordance with rules; activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops a skill; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training; behavior in accord with rules of conduct.” When we speak of discipline, it should not just be in the form of punishment presented for misbehavior. Rather, discipline should be approached from the perspective of positive training and preparation for that child’s development into an adult. The rules that are placed in the home should not be to cause the children to be the least possible distraction to the father’s course of life; but rather to prepare that child for a life of love, service, and dedication to God and his righteousness.

In the Scriptures, fathers such as Eli (1 Sam. 2) were held accountable for not showing discipline, either positive or negative, to their children. For a father to adequately fulfill his role, he must engender a relationship of discipline with his children. It must be based in love, God’s Word, and the child’s welfare, but its necessity is unquestionable.

The greatest example of fatherhood a man can have is God himself. John describes us as the sons of God (1 John 3:1-2), and when one considers God’s interactions with man all three of these relationship attributes are readily evident. God has shown his love for mankind in the greatest way possible with the death of Jesus for our sins (John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-19). He has shown his instruction for mankind through the delivery of his covenant in the New Testament. He has shown the discipline necessary for mankind through his rules and his promises of reward and punishment depending upon our actions (Mat. 25:31-46). He is the ultimate example of fatherhood.

Fathers, let us make sure we are building the correct relationship with our children. Many men can father children, but there are few in our world today who are willing to take on the responsibility of being a father to their children. May God bless us with more godly fathers who are willing to raise their children and guide their families in service to God.

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Children in the Assembly

How much do we love our children?

There is a problem in the assemblies of our congregations in the United States. The problem is seen through our children while they are in the assembly; but the root problem is not to be found in the children, it is located in the parents and grandparents of those children, and it has to be stopped. You see, children in this country are allowed to treat going to the services of God like they are going to the movies. They have snacks, drinks, toys, books, games, and even video games and portable dvd players. They come into the worship assembly without the slightest intent of worshiping God, but instead are focused on having fun and not being bored for the next hour. Americans have completely lost sight of the purpose for our children being in the assembly. Consider some things our children need when they come before God.

Children in the assembly need expectations. Over the years, my wife has probably grown tired of hearing me make the statement, “people live down to our expectations,” but it is true nonetheless. Nowhere is the truth of this statement more evident than with our children. Our children will seek to fulfill our expectations, but will rarely deliberately go beyond them. Unfortunately, in many cases, American Christians have already determined that our children will be unruly, inattentive, objectionable, and overall menaces to those who have come to worship. Some congregations have lowered these expectations even further by creating classes and entertainment for their children to “enjoy” during the assembly. One man once told me, “The parents will have to take them out anyway, why not just start with them there?” Therefore, instead of instilling expectations of honor, respect, attention, and participation; parents bring in food, toys, and games to distract them, or create divisions of the assembly, until the boring proceedings of the day are accomplished. Such actions are a shame and turn the worship services of the church into a travesty.

God gives us a sense of the expectations he has for children in the assembly when he presented us with the pattern of Israel’s assemblies before God. In Nehemiah 8, when the word of the Law was read, all of the people stood during the reading to show respect and be attentive (Vs. 5, 7). In 2 Chronicles 20, when the children of Israel were gathered to petition God for help, it is stated that “all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children” (Vs. 13). Though I am not advocating the necessity of changing our services so that people have to stand the whole time, it is necessary to emphasize that when the people came before the Lord ALL of the people were expected to participate and pay attention; not just the adults. It is high time we started expecting our kids to behave with the honor and respect both God and man knows they can: to sit still, pay attention, and show respect for what is taking place.

Children in the assembly need training. Contrary to the apparent popular opinion of parents, our children do not train themselves. Parents become upset because they have coddled their children in the assembly their entire lives without ever instilling in them respect for the purpose or process of worship, and then wonder why, as the child becomes a teenager, he or she has no interest in spiritual matters. By the time they are teenagers, our children have been entertained their entire lives while their parents worshiped God. Why should we then expect to flip the proverbial switch and have that attitude change?

Just as children must learn respect for others, they must learn respect for God as well. Respect is defined as, “to feel or show admiration and deference toward somebody or something; to show consideration or thoughtfulness in relation to somebody or something.” Respect goes far beyond saying please and thank-you. It is an attitude that presents itself in all that is said and done. Unfortunately, our children are not being taught to respect God in the assembly.

Parents have the responsibility to train their children (Pro. 22:6), and part of that training is to instill in their children the proper respect for God and participation in the assembly. From a very young age children are able to participate in prayer and singing in the assembly. They are also able to see, hear, and understand things from God’s word if they are trained to do so. Our children have an amazing ability to comprehend what is happening around them and to learn from what is being said, if it is expected of them.

Under the Old Law, God expected the Israelites to proclaim his Word to their children everywhere and in every way: that included the assembly (Deut. 6:3-25). When God commanded children to obey their parents and honor them, he also commanded fathers to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:1-4). As parents, our responsibility is to prepare our children to serve God. That begins with a willingness to put forth the time and effort to train our children to respect him, his assembly, and participate in his worship.

Friends, the time has come to change our assemblies. It is time to rescind our contentment with allowing our children to dictate their actions and participation in the services. It is time for parents to take seriously the responsibility of training their children to serve God and, instead of lowering our standards to meet an ungodly society, raise them up to meet the expectations of our holy God. It is time to stop crippling our children’s future by coddling them and instead give them the means to stand on their own two feet by preparing them.

Again I ask the question: how much do we love our children? Do we love them enough to follow the examples God has presented? Do we love them enough to make sure they know and understand what God wants them to do, how it is to be done, and why it is important? Our actions will answer these questions.

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Are You Teaching Your Children Wisdom AND Understanding?

The Book of Proverbs is the single greatest volume devoted to personal development in the Scriptures. Its 31 chapters bring into focus every aspect of our lives and decision making. It is evident throughout the book that wisdom is the central theme of Proverbs. Solomon will address many of the writings in the book to his son, and he defines the purpose of this book to his son with these words, “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding” (Pro. 1:2).

We oftentimes use wisdom and understanding interchangeably thinking that they are essentially the same, but such a belief is a flaw that keeps us from understanding to the fullest Solomon’s, and by extension the Lord’s, intent. The term “wisdom” is used 54 times in Proverbs. It is best defined as the knowledge of right action. Wisdom is the ability to make the right decisions in a given situation; to consider a problem and find the right answer; to direct one’s steps down the right path. Wisdom is the principal attribute to obedience. It is for that reason that wisdom is so often compared to foolishness in Proverbs. Wisdom proclaims righteousness, foolishness proclaims selfishness.

However, it must be comprehended that wisdom and understanding are not the same. Understanding means perception or discernment. It centers around, not what the right action is, but why that action is the right one. There is equal emphasis in Proverbs upon both wisdom and understanding, with the word “understanding” also being used 54 times in the book. The importance of recognizing the distinction between these two words is often underestimated.

To many people’s perception, the difference between wisdom and understanding is so small that it is not meaningful. To the contrary, I would contend, it is the lack of comprehension of the difference between these two terms that has the church in such difficulty today.

As parents, we often tell our children to do something and the first word out of their mouth is, “Why?” We have given them wisdom, but not understanding. It is also the case that often the response to that question is – “Because I said so.” Again, we have delivered wisdom, but at the same time we have refused to give understanding. It is recognized that the present circumstance is not always convenient or appropriate for a long diatribe on the reason for the necessity of the action; but how often does the rationale never come? Oftentimes we can be found training our children with wisdom, but at the same time completely neglecting their understanding.

The same holds true in the spiritual arena as well. There are many Christian parents who bring their children to services regularly, teach them the correct actions and beliefs (The plan of salvation, the commands of worship, the foundations of faith, etc.), but they don’t ever answer that question of why those things should be so. Once again, there is wisdom delivered, but it is void of understanding. Therefore, the child grows up and leaves home knowing what Mom and Dad say are the right things to believe and practice, but having no comprehension of why they are right. Then we set back and wonder why we lose so many of our young people. It is because, in practice, we have been raising them as children with an inherited faith. They have all the wisdom of the parents, but none of their understanding, and hence, no true faith of their own.

Solomon is trying to give us the formula to alleviate those issues, but we have to recognize the importance of it. It is far easier to say, “Because I said so,” but it is not nearly as beneficial. As God has seen fit to deliver to us the reasons for his commandments and the explanations of what they should mean to us and why, so we must be willing to do the same for our children. We need to think before answering with a simple, “Because I said so,” and instead begin teaching our children with useful understanding why such decisions and actions are important; and if we don’t know the answers ourselves, it’s time we were better educated.

Solomon wrote, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Pro. 4:5-7). May that thought be always before us as we seek to raise faithful servants to God.

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When Pain and Thanksgiving are Simultaneous

Yesterday I found out about a friend from years gone by who had been pregnant with twin daughters and lost both of them. Having had two miscarriages ourselves, my wife and I both fought back tears and said some prayers for that family. The number of people who deal with miscarriages and stillbirths is far higher than most would think, but at the same time it is something that is often left in the shadows, without discussion or contemplation except in the exact moment of loss. Yet for the parents of those children who have their faith in God, the feelings with which they struggle are among the strongest and most polarizing of any in life.

For mothers, the pain is both physical and mental. Though miscarriages and stillbirths do not have the exact same characteristics, in each there are physical issues that have to be overcome and take time to heal. Though the physical pain and trouble is bad enough, oftentimes the emotional and mental toll is even worse. The sorrow at not being able to tend and care for the child, the strain of muted expectation, and the feeling that somehow this is her fault and she is a failure are all rather common emotional struggles for the mother.

Fathers are not immune from the struggle with such events either. Though from the physical perspective there is nothing that has happened to them, the emotional strain is often as strong on them as it is on the mother. The father also has that muted expectation of getting to play with, care for, and love on the child that was coming. But there is also the emotion of helplessness. Fathers generally feel (and rightfully so) that it is their responsibility to protect and watch out for their wives and children, when events such as these occur the father has to deal with the pain that there was nothing he could do, no action he could have taken, to change the outcome. Such a thing is sometimes a hard task for men to overcome.

Yet even with the measures of pain both parents feel at the loss of a child, there are also great measures of thankfulness when the parents have their faith centered in God as they should. There is the thankfulness that the child is safe in peace with the people of God. There are many passages of Scripture that show the recognition of the soul in an unborn child (Jer. 1:5; Psa. 139:14-17; Isa. 49:1; Luke 1:13-15, 41). But the Bible also shows that children do not come into this world with sin held to their charge (1 John 3:4; Eze. 18:20; 2 Cor. 5:10), therefore the child lost in this way has nothing to fear and nothing for which to give an account, the child is safe and secure in every way before the Father.

There is also the thankfulness that the child will not have to endure the temptations, pain, and hardship of life on this earth. There are millions of children who will enter Heaven’s gates never having to have seen the ugly, hateful, and sinful lives of people on this earth. Though there is no greater blessing than the life of a child to parents who love and serve God, there is also the greatest level of worry, care, and concern for that child’s life, future, and spiritual welfare. There can be great thankfulness that no such worry is necessary for the child lost in the womb.

There is comfort for the grieving parents who have lost a child in such a manner. There should also be a renewed sense of urgency to ensure that they live their lives in faithful service to God, so that they might once again be reunited with their child. There is strength in the comfort of God’s Word and in the recognition that we serve a God who understands how it feels to lose a child.

May we ever comfort, strengthen, and encourage those who deal with these emotional and trying times; showing godly love, compassion and guidance with both concern for the souls of the parents and thankfulness for the goodness of the God we serve.

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