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Series: Luis Palau | Loving Children

Jesus demonstrated His love for children while He was here on Earth.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis reminds us how Jesus blessed kids, healed them, talked with them, hugged them.  

Praying for our Children Friday, October 22, 2021

Just before my father died, he arranged to have a one-on-one conversation with each of his grandchildren. All their lives he had prayed earnestly and fervently for God’s rich blessings in them and through them--to bless untold thousands. He did that for each of his sons too. What an example that has been for me as I pray now for my children.

Like Moses, I say this blessing over them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace,” Numbers 6:24-26.

Like Joshua, I boldly declare to one and all: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua 24:15.

Praying like this every day excites me about the future of my kids. I know that I can trust God to guide them as they commit their lives to Him.
We also can thank the Lord daily for who He is. There’s so much to praise, including God’s sovereignty and greatness, His providence, guidance and goodness, His holiness and glory, and for His infinite, eternal love and graciousness.

And how good that we can thank the Lord daily for each of our children’s hearts, lives, and futures. Let’s never stop praying for each by name.

This is Andrew Palau.

Jesus Loves to Bless Children Thursday, October 21, 2021

My friend David had the privilege of interviewing more than a dozen third to sixth graders. Each child sat on a “hot seat” and answered five questions. The first four answers were easy: name, grade, number of siblings, and how many years they’ve gone to church. The final answer was a little tougher: talk about when it’s hard for you to trust God. David was amazed at their responses. First, they had a much shorter list of reasons than adults usually do. Second, several of the children honestly and sincerely told him, “It’s always been easy for me to trust God.” That’s exactly the way Jesus wants it to be.

In the Gospels, we see Jesus blessing children. We see Him feeding them. We even see Jesus using a little boy’s sack lunch to feed the multitudes and collect 12 baskets full of leftovers.

Beyond that, we see Jesus healing boys and girls who are demon-possessed and curing others who are sick and dying. He even resurrects a 12-year-old girl who had just died and an older boy who had died a few hours earlier.

As we reach our world for Jesus Christ, let’s be sure to share His deep love for children. They understand it. They embrace it, and they have eternal life.

This is Luis Palau.

Becoming like Little Children Wednesday, October 20, 2021

In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly says children are part of His kingdom. Can you work hard to get into God’s kingdom? No. Can you be good enough? No. Can you pay lots of money? No, but that’s what some grown-ups would like to do.

Jesus says, That’s not the way. To get into My kingdom you have to get down lower — humble yourself — and trust Me like a child would.
Some claim a small child’s belief in God doesn’t count. But that’s not the case! In 2 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul said to Timothy, “continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, [pause] and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

True, children can’t understand everything they’re taught. So? There is nothing wrong about a child’s inadequate concepts. First Corinthians 13:11 says: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child” (NIV). The Bible doesn’t criticize a child’s way of thinking. The One who made us knows us.

May we all become like little children in our unwavering trust in God, confidence in His promises, and love for the Savior who died for us.

This is Luis Palau.

Why Children Loved Jesus Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Why did the children love Jesus so much?

They loved Him because He first loved them. They loved Him because He showed His love with broad smiles, by enthusiastic hand motions inviting them to come see Him, by laughter and affirmations, by startling words to their parents, and by not-exactly-playful words to His un-kid-friendly disciples.
It’s sometimes said that adults who love children are at heart really kids themselves. That is, they’ve retained the best qualities of their childhood.
While some grown-ups love to be around kids, some don’t. There’s no question which when we look at Jesus.

Jesus loved to be with children. Shortly before He is betrayed, scourged, and crucified, Jesus delights in the songs and chants and worship and adoration of the children around Him in the Temple. In Psalm 8, David declares to God, “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies…”

Jesus delights in the praise of children. Let’s encourage our young friends to do just that. Let’s reach the children in our world with the holy word of God. They will believe it and receive it.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Loves Children Monday, October 18, 2021

Loving your neighbor doesn’t simply mean your literal next door neighbors, and it certainly doesn’t mean only your neighbors of similar ages. Jesus showed honor and respect, and showered love and blessing, on people of all ages.

As an infant, Jesus loved His young mother, the virgin Mary...and I very much believe Jesus loved the old widow Anna, who danced and rejoiced when she found Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus with Simeon in the Temple.
Shortly before He came of age for the ancient precursor of the bar mitzvah, the lad Jesus loved to spend days with His cousins racing around Jerusalem...and sitting still for hours and days listening to and talking with aged scribes and priests in the Temple.

When Jesus reached the age to be recognized as a prophet, His public ministry included talking about, talking with, hugging, laying hands on, and blessing children and infants everywhere He went. Jesus declared, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Yes, Jesus loves children, and we do too, don’t we? So let’s reach out to them. They’re all over our world.

This is Luis Palau.

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