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Childlike Or Childish?


"The truest genius is the man of childlike disposition"

Samuel Coleridge

The words childlike and childish have roughly the same definitions --- "of, like or related to a child or childhood --- but childish has negative connotations, and childlike does not. Childish is often synonymous with words like infantile, silly, juvenile, and foolish, all of which are usually negative. Childlike is closer to words like innocent, trusting, unfeigned, and pure, which are not negative... The apostle Paul wrote these famous words: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things behind me" (1 Cor.13:11). The writer of the Book of Hebrews after stating that certain Christians ought to be teachers by now, wrote: "you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, still being an infant (childish?) is not acquainted with teaching about righteousness" (5:12-13). So..... The big question that we confront here is this.... Can we be childlike as adult Christians without being childish? To me, the answer is a resounding YES! We must retain the childlike traits and attitude of trust, humility, transparency. At the same time, we must be willing to continue growing and maturing in the faith. The apostle Peter wrote this: "For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.... " (2 Pet.1:5-7). We must do all this with a childlike spirit.... To not do it would be childish...

Have a great day.... Do good... Give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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