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Cultivating a Spirit of Innocence

March 14th, 2011 1 comment

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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