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How to Love God Like a Child

Do we have child like faith? As parents, we can learn a lot about our relationship with our heavenly Father by watching our children.

And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

When I read this passage, I want to ask, “Really, God? Really? You want a heaven filled with children?  Don’t you know that kids are messy, needy and oh, so much work?” Kids need manners, book smarts and common sense. Why then would God want to make children His litmus test for heaven? Well, if we take some time to learn from our own kids we will see that it makes perfect sense. And we will see that child-like faith is exactly what God wants.

Child like faith trusts

When my kids are in the back of the car, they are usually looking out the window, reading a book or listening to music. They often don’t even know where we are and they don’t question every turn I make. All they know is that Mom is driving. Mom is in control and that is enough for them. Yes, God wants us to be like little children.

Child like faith seeks fellowship

My daughter loves to be with me. She doesn’t care much what we do, as long as we are together. It could be the everyday mundane tasks of emptying the dishwasher or a special time of a “girl’s day out.”  \She just likes to be with me.  Yes, God wants us to be like little children.

Child like faith forgives

I have done some things as a parent that I regret.  Things that make me want to rip out the tape player of my life and hit “rewind.”  Humbly apologizing to my children is always met with a ready and heart-felt, “I forgive you, Mommy.”  Forgiving 70 times 7 comes naturally to them.  Yes, God wants a heaven filled with little children.

Child like faith holds on tight

When we were in a crowded mall or on a busy street, my kids would grip my hands tightly. Keeping me near, letting me guide the way gives them a sense of safety and security. They have complete confidence that Mom will always do her best to protect them. Yes, God wants us to be just like little children.

Child like faith studies

It is not an uncommon sight in my house to come into the living room and find one or both of my children engrossed in a family photo album. They love to hear stories of when I was a child, how their dad and I met and their infancy. They relish learning everything there is to know about their mom and dad. Yes, God wants a heaven filled with little children.

Child-like faith is EXACTLY what God wants from His children. Children are precious to God because they embody the traits of a true believer. They follow without question and they love without limits. We can learn a lot from our kids.

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. Matthew 10:14

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment from a qualified mental health professional. Cornerstones for Parents is not liable for any advice, tips, techniques, and recommendations the reader chooses to implement.

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Laura Kuehn, LCSW

Laura is a licensed clinical social worker who offers individual therapy to women and moms in Connecticut. She is the author of More Than a Conqueror, A Christian Kid's Guide to Winning the War on Worry. Cornerstones for Parents is the place she combines some of the things she is most passionate about: God's word, parenting and mental health.

1 Comment

  • I agree that there is lot we can love from our children. Child-like faith is something most of us lose in childhood. When we interact with our kids and see them grow, we realise what we have left behind in the process of growing up. This post is very nice and I hope more people understand the true essence of this post.

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