“Verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing. To damage severely or harm (something), especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop. To diminish or impair the quality of; affect detrimentally: Bad weather spoiled their vacation. To impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of (someone) by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc.: to spoil a child by pampering him.” – Dictionary

Sometimes you will hear parents and grandparents say they “spoil” their children, as if it is nothing big. But it is something big. You do not spoil children.

Jesus said, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Mt. 18:6.

When you “spoil” your child, you make him worldly. You satisfy his fleshly desires. You ruin his spirit. You neglect his soul. It is not a joke to spoil a child. Do not give your child everything he wants. And give him more of what he needs than more of what he wants. He’s too young to know this is not good. So do not spoil your child. With time, bananas will spoil, but with care, your children will not.

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