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Friday, August 2, 2013

Child-like Honesty

I used to drive school bus. I did that job for over 20 years. If there is one thing I learned right quick is that little kids are truthful, and talkative. Young children accept all people as they are, faults, colors, handicaps and all. They believe the best in people.
They will tell you anything. I learned so much information about their families and their lives.
Sometimes because of their blunt honesty, the feelings of others would get hurt. So then come the lessons on tact. And being "careful" about what we say.
As adults we want and expect honesty in our friends and family members yet we all tend to shy away from some people who are honest with us.
None of us like honesty when it feels like criticism or if the honesty feels like a put down or if it hurts our feelings.
I mean, not one of us would like to hear someone say to us, "you have bad breath." A child will tell you that.
But when it comes to our salvation, Jesus said that Heaven is made up of the child-like. I believe that He is talking about the eager, honest innocence that children have.
I want to be eager for God's word. I want to be near Jesus. I want that honest innocence, that taking people at face value. I want to believe others are who they portray themselves to be. I want to believe the best in people, especially Christian brothers and sisters.

 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14 NASB)

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