Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 144/260: Read Matthew 19

Immediately following Jesus’ teaching on the seriousness of marriage and the consequences of divorce, “little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray.” Lovingly, the Lord said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

In the previous chapter, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). What are the child-like qualities the Christian should strive to develop?

First, consider the innocence of a child. Safe, unaffected by the evil around him. In a sense, perhaps, confused about how some people could act so callously toward God and toward his fellow man. An innocent child seeks to please his parents, and a redeemed Christian should seek to please the Father in heaven.

Second, think on the inquisitive nature of a child. Always asking questions, determined to learn more so he can be more like those who are more mature. Shouldn’t Christians do the very same?

Third, children are idealistic and optimistic. Nothing is impossible in the mind of a trusting child; “with God all things are possible.”
Are you child-like in character?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 16:26. “For what _____________ is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in _____________ for his soul?”

Pray

Pray for a less cynical outlook, understanding the power of God.

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