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Childlike Qualities: Innocence. “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2,3. Innocence. Defined as

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childlike qualities innocence

Childlike Qualities: Innocence

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2,3

innocence
Innocence
  • Defined as
    • 1. One that is innocent.
    • 2. Freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil : blamelessness—Merriam-Webster
  • Two Qualities of Innocence
    • 1. Harmlessness
    • 2. Willingness to be led by others
harmless as doves
Harmless as Doves
  • Philippians 2:14-15
    • “Do all things without murmuring and disputing: That ye may be blameless and harmless (innocent), the sons of God, without rebuke (fault), in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
  • Matthew 10:16
    • “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
the example worth following
The Example Worth Following
  • Matthew 16:24
    • “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
  • 1 Peter 1:19; I Peter 2:21-23
    • “For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps: WHO DID NO SIN, NEITHER WAS GUILE FOUND IN HIS MOUTH:…”
  • I John 2:6
the thief called sin
The Thief Called Sin
  • Adam and Eve
    • Without Shame-Genesis 2:25
    • Eyes Opened-Genesis 3:7
    • Loss of Innocence-Gen. 3:8
  • Us
    • As a child-innocent
    • Sin-Romans 3:23
    • Wages of Sin-Roman 6:23
living blameless though not sinless
Living Blameless Though Not Sinless
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23
    • Preserved blameless
  • 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
    • Blameless in the day of our Lord
  • 1 Peter 3:13
  • 2 Peter 3:14
    • Be found blameless
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
    • Hearts unblameable
preserved blameless
Preserved Blameless
  • Prove all things
  • Hold fast to that which is good
  • Abstain from all appearances of evil
  • And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22
    • Warn the unruly
    • Comfort the feebleminded
    • Support the weak
    • Be patient toward all men
    • Rejoice evermore
    • Pray without ceasing
    • Give thanks for everything
    • Quench not the Spirit (Don’t put out the fire!)
    • Despise not prophesying (Have a good attitude about preaching)
my heart s desire
My Heart’s Desire
  • Matthew 18:3
    • “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Romans 10:1
    • “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”