Precious Souls - St. George
Observation #1: Human life is PRECIOUS to God and should be precious to his FOLLOWERS.
Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Observation #2: Human dignity/value comes from the IMAGE of God that is STAMPED on every human soul.
Genesis 1:26, 27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Observation #3: The Image of God in man is RESTORED by salvation.
John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Philippians 1:6 ...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Observation #4: Parents should be PROACTIVE in developing their child’s Spiritual life.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Ephesians 6:4 (NLT) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.