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What the Jeubs say about having children is one thing. We write, we blog, we talk with countless couples about the blessings of children. We can’t emphasize enough: children are a true blessing to you, your family, the world. Why deny the blessing?
Cultural persuasions are a dime a dozen. Our book Love Another Child addresses common ones like overpopulation, carbon footprints, fear of child labor, and so on. It doesn’t surprise us when a non-Christian is skeptical of our beliefs. That’s cool, we can still be friends. We’ll have more children than you, and we’re okay with that if you are.
What is puzzling is when Christians seem to think children are not blessings. That one leaves us scratching our heads.
No doubt about it, children are blessings, especially throughout Scripture. Even in unwanted situations, pregnancy and the gift of children are welcomed. We know many people who ascribe to a few children, have their one or two (or none at all), then jump on birth control. Maybe “get fixed.” Just like everybody else. And life goes on.
If you are a Bible-believing Christian who thinks this way, we would like to press you a little bit with some verses. There are many more than those below, but we came up with these without much trouble.
Consider this a friendly press, not a condemning one. Scripture is God’s loving instruction, and reading it changes hearts. The verses below should be accompanied with honest prayer and discussion with your spouse. We hope this list finds you willing to open your heart to the blessing of another child.
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
This is what the LORD says— he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
(Indirectly related to children)
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Impress [the Word of God] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children.
Look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.
—1 Timothy 5:14
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
Obed-Edom also had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh and Peullethai the eighth. For God had blessed Obed-Edom.
(Another translation: “God had indeed blessed him.”)
—1 Chronicles 26:4-5
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
—1 Timothy 2:15
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
For this is what the LORD says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited…
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.