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1 Corinthians 13:11 - When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me

NIV When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
KJV When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
NASBWhen I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11


Barack Obama referred to this Scripture during his historic inaugural address as the 44th President of the United States. His reference to the nation putting aside the childishness of old thinking that has divided our country captured the apostle Paul's original intent for this famous passage. The Christians of Paul's day were guilty of childish thinking that divided the church. There are many times in our spiritual growth that we have to put petty, childish things away. What childish thinking are you facing today? What petty walls of division need to be put behind you? As we take on the bigger picture of adulthood, we will see those minor infractions for what they are - childish reasoning that point more to our need for change than anything else.

Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC