A childlike heart

Sun, 24th Apr 2016
Gloria Edwards
Matthew 18 v 1-6
Summary: 

Children have humble heart, they just accept one another and don't judge one another. God is looking for a similar heart. A child learns that a parent is reliable as they request and receive. Children are also inquisitive and eager to gain knowledge. God loves a simple and eager faith that is not full of arguments and doubts. His will for us is to have a trust in him and a childlike faith.
Children easily forgive and they easily accept forgiveness. Children dont hold grudges or keep silences. When we make mistakes Gods heart is for us to repent. Without these childlike qualities of heart we wont be able to enter the kingdom of God. We need a humble heart like a child. Jesus said whoever humbles his heart like a child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. We need to unlearn all the things the world has taught us about life. Whatever stage of life we are at we need to take a step back and look at all the things that have corrupted our faith and our lives. We should totally rely on God as a child totally relies on a parent.
There is a difference between being childlike and having a childlike heart. God wants us to be in a place where our faith grows. We need to move from spiritual milk to spiritual solid food and move on from basic truths. We need the ability to distinguish between good and evil. He wants us to be able to teach others and be wise in decision making and most of these decisions will require the Word of God at hand. We must have a heart that is willing to listen and we must accept people for who they are.
Humility and a childlike heart is not something to be ashamed of but something to be desired. We should also have a heart to want to see change in the world. We can go to God with requests and expect the answer to be fulfilled because God is God who is willing to pour out blessing when it is his will. Love and blessing is Gods will for people.
Jesus came so that we might have life-we must stay teacheable

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