Matthew 18:10-14 ✖ God loves children.

…it’s impossible for me to read these scriptures without seeing that God is jealously passionate over the justice of children. He loves children! And it reminds us that his love for us is not a product of our ability to win his favour, but his inner longing to raise us up in his way, providing our joy by his hand, satisfying our needs by his work.

Matthew 18:10“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.d 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of mye Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Prayer: Thank you Father for your grace, You talk about a shepherd that loves his sheep and makes great sacrifice for them. But aren’t I of less value than a sheep because of my disobedience and rebelliousness. And isn’t it so much more for God almigty to make any kind of a sacrifice at all. Yet you are God, and your love is stronger than my sin.

I think from the beginning of this chapter all the way to here Christ has been directing this conversation with a specific route in mind–God’s heart for children. There is a message here that exhorts a seeker to continue with a simple, child like faith–but at the same time, it’s impossible for me to read these scriptures without seeing that God is jealously passionate over the justice of children. He loves children! And it reminds us that his love for us is not a product of our ability to win his favour, but his inner longing to raise us up in his way, providing our joy by his hand, satisfying our needs by his work. Anybody who loves children doesn’t love them because of what they do, but rather because of who they are.

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