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What did Jesus say about Harming Children

What did Jesus say about Harming Children

Jesus expressed a clear stance on the value and significance of children within the Kingdom of God. In the Gospel accounts, Jesus’s words and actions towards children are encapsulated in passages that not only highlight the importance of children but also serve as a stern warning against causing them harm. One notable passage is found in Mark 10:13-16, where Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” . This sentiment is echoed in Matthew 19:14, where Jesus similarly instructed to “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” . Furthermore, in Luke 18:16-17, Jesus affirmed, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” .

From these passages, we derive three main takeaways:

  1. Children are valued members of God’s Kingdom: Jesus places children at the heart of the Kingdom of God, indicating their intrinsic worth and significance in the spiritual realm.
  2. The importance of a child-like faith: Jesus’s call to receive the kingdom of God “like a child” underscores the virtues of humility, trust, and openness, characteristics often found in children and essential for true discipleship.
  3. A warning against causing harm to children: By elevating the status of children and emphasizing their role in the Kingdom, Jesus implicitly warns against harming them, suggesting that such actions are contrary to God’s will and the nature of His Kingdom.

These teachings of Jesus about children reflect His broader message of love, humility, and the value of each individual, regardless of their social status or age, within the community of believers.

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  • Greg Gaines

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