He Loves Children

'He who was adored of angels, who had listened to the music of the heavenly choir, was ever touched, while upon this earth, with the sorrows of the children, ever ready to listen to the story of their childish woe. He often dried their tears, cheering them with the tender sympathy of His words, which seemed to hush their sorrows and make them forget their grief.' (2SM238)

'Little children were attracted to Him. They loved to climb upon His lap and to kiss that pensive face, benignant with love.' (3T422)
'He took little children in His arms, and descended to the level of the young. His large heart of love could comprehend their trials and necessities, and He enjoyed their happiness. His spirit, wearied with the bustle and confusion of the crowded city, tired of association with crafty and hypocritical men, found rest and peace in the society of innocent children. His presence never repulsed them.
The Majesty of heaven condescended to answer their questions and simplified His important lessons to meet their childish understanding. He planted in their young, expanding minds the seeds of truth that would spring up and produce a plentiful harvest in their riper years.' (4T141)
'He was the Creator of all things, sustaining worlds by His infinite power . . . yet He could listen to the prattle of the infant and accept its lisping praise. He took little children in His arms and pressed them to His great heart of love. They felt perfectly at home in His presence and reluctant to leave His arms . . . Never before had there walked among men one so noble, so pure, so benevolent . . . yet so simple, so full of plans and purposes to good to humanity.' (5T421/422)
He 'was ever a lover of children. He accepted their childish sympathy and their open, unaffected love. The grateful praise from their pure lips was music in His ears, and refreshed His spirit . . . Wherever the Saviour went, the benignity of His countenance, and His gentle, kindly manner won the love and confidence of children.' (DA 511)
'Children loved Him. They were drawn to Him by His ready sympathy. By His simple loving words He settled many a difficulty arising among them. Often He took them upon His knee and talked with them in a way that won their hearts.' (WM116)
'Children were foremost in rejoicing in Jesus' presence. Jesus had healed their maladies; He had clasped them in His arms, receiving their kisses of grateful affection, and some of them had fallen asleep upon His breast as He was teaching the people.' (DA592)


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