Marriage and the Love of Children

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The love of children is a gift from the Lord.  We cherish the sweet innocence of babies, the wonder as little ones explore their world, and the playfulness of the children. This love of children helps provide for their care and safety in this world. A love for children can also strengthen a marriage by bringing a couple closer together as they look to the Lord and try to raise their children to be useful adults in this world and potential angels for the Lord’s kingdom.

Nurturing Our Children

How can we cooperate with the Lord in raising our children? It helps to remember that we are nurturing potential angels. The Lord loves children and hopes that each one will choose to live in heaven and be blessed with happiness. For this purpose, the Lord inspires angels, parents, and others to love and protect His little ones. Providing our children spiritual nourishment is an important part of caring for them.

How can these teachings in the Word help us reflect on good ways to nurture our children?

  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
  • In the gospel of Matthew we are also told to “love your neighbor as yourself” (22:39) and that whatever we want people to do to us, we should also do to them (7:12).

Do we know how to give good gifts to our children? Do we trust the Lord to help us be good parents?

  • “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
  • There are blessings and challenges in nurturing children. Ideally, parents will grow closer together as they go along.

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Conclusion

Nurturing children can help bring parents closer, because parenting is one of the primary uses which “confederate, affiliate, and bring the souls and lives of two married partners together into one” (Conjugial Love 176). Each partner brings to different strengths to parenting, and they give each other counsel and support. Good parenting is a joint effort!

Photograph by Rachel Gardam

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