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    2 PETER 1:5 - 8 

    Love Grows Up
    When I was a child I spake as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:12).
     Life brings no greater blessing than a child, but it is a heartbreaking tragedy when the child never develops, physically or mentally. And some people never mature. Several characteristics of little children are:  (1) Children become very upset over any personal hurt. If pins prick the flesh they cry as if deadly wounded. They are not concerned about the suffering of others, but weep mostly for themselves. (2) Children want to be the center of attention. They are jealous of others about them. They are willing to play if they can choose the game. They demand applause and appreciation. (3) Children have to be taught to be thankful. Gratitude does not come naturally for them. They take the blessings of life as a matter of course, as somehow deserved. (4) Children owe nobody anything. They desire to get all they can, but they feel little obligation to others. They rarely think of what they owe parents, or the world they live in.
    (5) Children are self-centered. They live in a world that revolves around them. When one grows up and puts away childish things it does not mean tears never come to his eyes. It means that tears are reserved for causes that deserve them. A mature person can and does weep over his personal hurts, but more often the tears of love are for hurts of others. When one grows up he still appreciates approval from others, but goes on living, working, and serving even when unrecognized by others. Gratitude and appreciation are the flowers of mature love. Love is always glad to say thank you. Love feels a deep sense of obligation to others. Mature love is “a debtor to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unwise” (Romans 1:14). Love feels its obligation to serve (Galatians 5:13). Love puts away childish
    things. It grows up.
    Tom Kelton




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