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An attitude of simple trust and faith, to be distinguished from childishness. It is commended by Scripture as an appropriate attitude for the believer to take towards God.

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God treats his people like children

God loves you and He loves me
Psalm 103:13 NKJV
13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
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God’s people should respond to God as children to a parent

In trust

Psalm 131:2 NKJV
2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

In obedience

1 Peter 1:14 NKJV
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;

In humility

Luke 9:46–48 NKJV
46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”
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In innocence

Mark 10:13–15 NKJV
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
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In imitating a model

Ephesians 5:1–2 NKJV
1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
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Childlikeness is reflected in pastoral care

1 Thessalonians 2:7 NKJV
7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
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Childlikeness is to be distinguished from immature childishness

1 Corinthians 3:1–3 NKJV
1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
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