Remember that song Jesus loves the little children?
Here is a selection from Matthew 18, it is verses 2-7, “2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”
God wants us to be childlike in nature, innocent, trusting in Him.
But we are told by society we need to, “Be a man”. What does that mean to so many? Always be tough, show no fear, have no emotions outside of anger and stubbornness, enjoy violence, get the biggest and best of everything, “have” the most women. If you see anyone who is caring, sensitive or doesn’t like the stereotypical “Man” things, then ridicule and belittle them. Call them a “Man Child”
I am proud that I strive for innocence and compassion. I enjoy my childlike qualities. I still read children’s books, watch children’s shows and movies. It’s certainly better than reading and watching things that are evil in God’s eyes.
Look at children in Church, many are so excited to hear about God’s word or act out plays. They trust what they are being told and believe in God.
However many adults don’t act that way, we grumble, complain, doubt God and don’t realize how truly blessed we are. Living in America is a giant blessing in itself, yet so many of us are so miserable.
Even worse many children grow up and lose their faith because of their parents or others around them who have harmed them and made them resentful to God.
Woe to those people.
I hope and pray to God in my imperfections that I never cause any of the little ones to stumble.
The truth is being one or the other is equally bad. You have to hold true to both qualities, Jesus did. He was compassionate, caring and merciful, He loved everyone. He was also brave, tough and strong. He suffered immensely for us and will rule strongly over His Kingdom in the next age.
Let’s all follow His example.
Have a blessed week,