The Joy of Children

" I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 4

Quite the Bible verse, eh people? I wonder how many of us truly are looking at the spiritual growth of our children when they are young and now, many are grown? Are they walking in the Lord's will or stagnant in their growth? Maybe they are not even saved and are born-again Christians, and on their way to hell. Oh, parents, watch out for your children when they are young. Dads, moms, grandmas, and grandpas; the grandchildren you have now may not be around much longer if you don't and won't guide them. Lead and direct them in the Word of God properly.

So, do you have joy that your children walk in truth? In God's truth? In the truth that you know you can trust them when they go out into this wicked world on their own? In walking with the Lord, they will actually require much guidance from Godly people. Most of all, they will be putting their entire trust and faith in our Lord for all things.

To have joy knowing your children are walking in truth is to know they are biblically saved from the clutches of the devil, and are heaven bound. They are living the life that is pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ. Even when they backslide, they will still enter heaven although they will lose their rewards. Parents and grandparents, pray they will be led and taught by the Holy Spirit to live according to the Lord's will, and they store up treasures in heaven.

Joy in knowing your children walk in truth? Yes, by reading their Bibles more; praying more; seeking the Lord's face more; leaning towards the Lord's will for their life more; being in His will more; and doing their best to go to church as much as they can without wavering in their faith! They can do all these and so much more, so that their parents may see that in them. These children will bring much joy to their parents' hearts and souls. They give them more happiness knowing they are living for the Lord and not for men.

(c) Aug. 2009, Mike Carey

1 comment:

Grammy Blick said...

That is an awesome verse -- and has been one of my favorite. The joy of a parent seeing their child accept Christ has to be similar to the joy spoken of by Christ:
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
(Luke 15:7 KJV)