Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Setting Aside Childish Ways

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1 Corinthians 13:11 (NET)
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.

When Grace first believed in the Lord Jesus, she didn't understand what it meant to walk in love as the Lord teaches, but only understood self-love. She was vengeful and arrogant, but she did not know this.

After some years had passed and she had become more mature in the way of the Lord, she would look back at her life as a young believer and would be embarrassed by the way she used to act ‘childishly’ in the flesh. She had grown spiritually and set aside childish ways. She now understood the way of love and saw the emptiness of self-centeredness.

In today’s Bible verse, Paul was still discussing the topic of love.

Like physical babies, one of the attributes of spiritual babies is self-centeredness and selfishness. Babies don’t have the ability to care about anyone other than themselves. They will kick and scream if they don’t get their way. But as babies grow into adults, they become more responsible and less self-obsessed. As we grow spiritually, we become more selfless and loving. One measure of spiritual maturity is walking in love.

I believe that demons may not have a way of accurately discerning our spiritual maturity, but they would know those who are mature through the power of love their spirits exude. This is how they know who to dread and who they can’t mess with.

Go into today remembering that as we grow spiritually, we should set aside childish ways and walk in the way of love. This is the way of perpetual victory and multiplied grace.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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