for the Children
Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for
of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 19:14
Wherever the Saviour went, the benignity
of His countenance and His gentle, kindly manner won the love and confidence of
children. . . .
One mother with her child had left her
home to find Jesus. On the way she told a neighbor her errand, and the neighbor
wanted to have Jesus bless her children. Thus several mothers came together,
with their little ones. Some of the children had passed beyond the years of
infancy to childhood and youth. . . . But He waited to see how the disciples
would treat them. When He saw them send the mothers away, thinking to do Him a
favor, He showed them their error,
saying, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid
them not; for of such is the kingdom of God." He took the children in His
arms, He laid His hands upon them, and gave them the blessing for which they
God wants every child of tender age to be
His child, to be adopted into His family. Young though they may be, the youth
may be members of the household of faith, and have a most precious
experience.... Christ will make them little missionaries. The whole current of
their thoughts may be changed, so that sin will not appear a thing to be
enjoyed but to be hated and shunned.... The Lord will give an experience to
these children in missionary lines.
We may bring hundreds and thousands of
children to Christ if we will work for them.
The children should be so educated that
they will sympathize with the aged and afflicted and will seek to alleviate the
sufferings of the poor and distressed. They should be taught to be diligent in
missionary work; and from their earliest years self-denial and sacrifice for
the good of others and the advancement of Christ's cause should be inculcated,
that they may be laborers together with God.
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