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Saturday, June 10, 2017

For Crying Out Loud, Grow Up!

June 10

(1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NIV) "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ. {2} I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. {3} You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?"

(Ephesians 4:14 NIV) "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."

(1 Peter 2:1-3 NIV) "Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. {2} Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, {3} now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."

Most church disputes and splits do not occur over great theological issues. Instead, they happen because of jealousy, envy, deceit, quarreling, slander, and malice. These immature attitudes damage godly relationships and hinder God’s work. It’s sad to say, but on far too many occasions, Christians and churches have publicly displayed childish behavior. And just like the child who throws a temper tantrum in Wal-Mart, the whole world sees it. Acting like a baby is normal for babies. But it’s unattractive and unbecoming in those who should have grown up by now. Christ followers are called to move away from childishness toward maturity. When immature Christians persist in infantile behavior, shame not glory comes to the name of Christ. God must sometimes give a deep sigh and think, “For crying out loud, grow up!” -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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