A Child In Malice

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. (KJV)

Years back, when I was much younger in the faith, I had a little dispute with one of my friends on a certain day. After our argument, we didn't talk to each other for days. But my friend, who was older and more mature, taught me a lesson that I will never forget, a lesson of forgiveness and humility. He walked up to me on the fourth day after our dispute, gave me a hug, and said, "Please forgive me, friend. I am sorry for the other day." And that was the end of our score.

In our opening Scripture, Paul clearly distinguishes the character of children from that of grown men and women. He is saying that grown-ups are supposed to be full of understanding, unlike children, who do not understand much, but at the same time, when it comes to doing evil, adults must act like newborn babes.

Although children lack much grown-up knowledge, they can be very rich in understanding how to forgive each other quickly when they have a score. Kids can fight one minute, and the next minute, be the best of friends. When two grown-ups have a score, oftentimes it metamorphoses into malice — a poison that has killed many beautiful relationships.

Matthew 18:3-4 – Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

Friend, it's not easy for an adult with raging emotions to become childlike in forgiving, but in this passage, Christ is saying that we must be humble like children to make heaven. It takes humility to admit before God that we are wrong and to ask for His forgiveness and salvation.

Humility causes us to overlook the mistakes of others, and with humility, we can, like children, forgive any offence against us, no matter how hurting we are.

From this moment on, decide to quash every beef you have with someone, and when you perceive malice in the air, swallow your pride and be the first to say, "I am sorry." May God exalt us as we choose to be humble in Jesus' name. Pray with me:

Prayer: Father, help me to be humble today. Help me to forgive every wrong done to me and to quash every beef that I have with someone. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Always a good reminder, Owen. Be safe.

    Amen Owen. Wise words.

    Thank you, Owen. Our world wouldn’t be in this mess if we all did this!

    Thank you, Owen, for this day’s devotion. I like it very much.
    (Quebec Canada)

    You have issued quite a challenge, Owen. Certainly, a goal worth achieving.
    Thank you.

    Dear Owen,
    Thank you for the reminder to forgive and not to hold grudges as God has taught us. May you be blessed with humble wisdom.

    Hi Owen,
    This is such a lovely reminder of the power of forgiveness and that we should try and retain the innocence and humility of our childhood.

    What a timely devotional this morn. My sister, whom I have been at odds with, to put it mildly, is coming to pick up some plants.
    I read this devotional, and I have to come to terms with my feelings to her. I will probably not see her for quite a while, if ever. I have no desire to ever talk to her let alone see her.
    Well my message from above is clear. I must do it.

    Greetings Owen,
    Thanks for your devotional writing. A good reminder to be forgiving if we feel hurt by someone’s interaction with us. When something happens like that, it is good if we take the time to reflect on what may that person be dealing with at the time and may be stressed about something and unintentionally said or did something that upset us. Forgiveness gives much peace of mind.
    Blessings for writing,

    Owen, thank you for this message. It is so timely.
    Several months ago a new couple moved into our community. Immediately this person began to question all the activities we held each summer. The person then did something that caused a lot of ire, which just escalated daily until the whole community was in turmoil. I am sad to report, I was one of those that decided to be mad and remain mad. Every time I saw these people, I would get angry and remain angry for hours. It became clear that in order to set this anger aside, I had to stop reacting to her barbs. We met while walking the other day, and I stopped her and had a chat with her. We left on good terms and I must say I feel much better. I don’t like how she handles things, but that is her issue, not mine.
    Thank you for this message. We need to hear this repeatedly.

    Wonderful advice.
    Unforgiving attitudes are a heavy burden to carry.
    Thank you.

    I really enjoy your insight into whatever scripture you are talking about. Thank you for writing devotionals for us.
    (ON Canada)

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