Don’t Act Childish

by | Apr 2, 2019

Don't Act Childish I Daily Walk Devotion

Have you ever been called childish? How about being told to grow up? You may have deserved it. Sometimes they are spoken by someone who has maturity issues themselves. As Christians, we are told to leave childish things behind and put on the characteristics of a mature believer. Don’t act childish.

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:20

“Brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.”

Don’t Fall Into the Trap

When you first read this verse, your immediate thought is “Duh!” But, when you reread it, you start to realize how easy it is to fall into this trap. Being childish in thinking was a trademark of the Corinthian church. I know I have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks talking about this church, but it was one messed up group of people. At the root of it was a lot of childish behavior and willingness to enter into evil.

No Reason to Be Immature

What is childish thinking? It is when we are immature and aren’t able to overlook someone else’s behavior and allow ourselves to get offended and overreact. Churches all over the world are full of people who are behaving like toddlers. The sad thing is that the Corinthians should’ve been some of the most mature believers. Paul had spent eighteen months with them and had visited on another occasion. They had more time with him that most other churches.

Keep Focused

We need to grow up and be mature in our thoughts. A wise person is one who sees what’s best for the people involved and remains focused on that. They don’t get caught up in the drama or opinions but does the right thing. Staying away from sin is a priority and avoiding those experienced in evil is essential. When the church is full of mature saints, they are moving forward with God’s mission and growing in their faith. Don’t act childish.

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