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I Corinthians 13: 8-13 (Pt. 4)  Thought/Prayer:  Childish Adults?  Topics:  2 at end.

“Love never fails. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if there are languages, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be brought to an end.  For our knowledge is imperfect, and so is our prophesying; but when the perfect state of things is come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end. When I was a child, I talked like a child, felt like a child, reasoned like a child: when I became a man, I put from me childish ways.  For the present we see things as if in a mirror, and are puzzled; but then we shall see them face to face. For the present the knowledge I gain is imperfect; but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love—these three; and of these the greatest is Love.”  WEY (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

It would seem that, in this scripture, we should be childish as children – but not as adults.  When we’re children, we are freer in our living; we are uninhibited living our lives unless we encounter obstacles such as a hot stove or cold winters dictating snowsuits outdoors.  We see here also that when children, we do things as a child, talking, reasoning, even feeling as a child.  We do know, however, that there are some children who seem naturally to have a more mature attitude toward things.  But, generally speaking, children, particularly toddlers and preschoolers, are “childish,” and appropriately so.

There is a line presented here, though.  When we grow up, we are to quit our childish ways and think as adults.  We should talk, reason and feel in a more mature way, a grown-up way. 

So why is it so easy to act childish, even when know we shouldn’t and we don’t even want to? 

The answer to this question is different for each of us.  And should we even ponder it?  Well, some, perhaps.  It would seem that most Christians find themselves being less than mature at times in life, whether it’s an attitude toward another person (jealousy, for example), pouting about some trivial out-of-proportion event, or steaming through some inner tantrum over a driver who cuts you off in traffic. 

But these attitudes and activities are not complimentary to Christians.  So we should try to go along with this scripture and put on more mature attitudes.  Here we must rely on God.  He’s interested in how we act, as we can tell.  And He is the great source of maturity.  And He gives us access to it if we will seek His will and try to stay within it.  He is the One who can convict us of unbecoming behavior; and He is the one who helps correct it.  Just like a classroom teacher, He points out the mistakes and instructs us on better aspects of the situation.

Lord, we want to grow up and not be seen as immature and childish in our adulthoods.  Knowing that this is not becoming to us as one of Your children, help us to recognize these traits in ourselves and then give us the wisdom and the desire to correct them.  Help our witness to be mature as adults and effective for you.

Topics:  Pray for the discernment to recognize our own childishness and to ask the Lord to help us grow in maturity always.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/20 at 11:51 PM
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