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Cultivating a Spirit of Innocence

Part of recapturing our blush is learning how to cultivate a spirit of innocence. The Apostle Paul writes,

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

Philippians 2:14-16, NLT

How easy it is to become jaded and cynical. The longer we are exposed to human sin and failure the more we are likely to experience a hardening of our hearts. Our spirits begin to function in negativity.

It’s easy to become cynical when you are around…

Those with perverted viewpoints, habits and desires…

Those who are continually complain and find fault…

Those who will take every occasion to pervert what you do and say…

Those who seek every opportunity to hinder the cause of truth and righteousness.

This is why Paul tells the Church at Philippi to do everything within their power to avoid complaining and arguing. Instead, he exhorts them to live “clean and innocent” lives.The Greek word used here (ἀκέραιος akeraios) means “that which is unmixed; and then pure, sincere and without guile.”

In fact, Paul we should live like God’s children. In other words, we need to cultivate and protect a sense of childlikeness in our approach towards God and others. This spirit of childlike innocence will cause us to shine like “bright lights” in the midst of a world that is crooked and perverted.

Let’s get rid of the cynicism today! This week, I’ll be talking about how we can cultivate a spirit of innocence in a cynical world. Stay tuned!

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  1. Janet Jackson
    March 15th, 2011 at 06:44 | #1

    I have been watching the devastation in Japan and watching the calm, stoic exterior they present to the world. They may not realize what it is that we see when we watch them and their way of dealing with this disaster. I see the acceptance of their circumstances as almost mechanical,”this is just the way it is,” child-like. They have a true sense of responsibility for themselves and those around them; a confidence in their fellow man, a sameness of purpose. You don’t see robbing, looting, whining and crying, riots murder and mayhem; you see brothers and sisters doing the best they can for each other, knowing no other way but respect for all they hold dear.
    America has lost that, it took a while, but we lost it.
    I pray God to restore the dignity of man back to our hearts, Lord, impact our minds to demonstrate the “Better Man” (Holy Spirit) to our America, so we can truly enjoy the blessings God has placed on our plates before us. Amen

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