Our new granddaughter is now 3 months old. She is starting to respond to her surroundings, especially her family.
Those first smiles make it all worth it, don’t they?
She doesn’t cry much, which is a HUGE blessing since her 4 older brothers need a lot on supervision right now. They are at the “let me see what happens if I do this….” stage.
You will remember this stage if your children are older now because you found yourself saying things like:
- What were you thinking? … they weren’t thinking
- Why did you do that? ….there often is no reason
- I can’t believe you did that! ….they can’t either
- What is the matter with you?…they are children
Does God ever throw up His divine hands in exasperation? Knowing that His eye is on me… I’m sure He does.
But He never gives up! Praise God!
Neither should we.
Back to our new granddaughter – she does let it be known when she is hungry. She is also quickly satisfied when she receives her mother’s milk. Babies are designed to crave the very things they need for healthy growth and development.
Peter has some words of instruction for us as we grow as Christians –
1 Peter 2: 1-3 (NLT)
2 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
We are encouraged to “cry out” for the nourishment we need from the Lord.
Notice that it says – “we must crave pure spiritual milk” so that we can grow into a full experience of salvation. It is an ongoing process.
I am also struck by the phrase “now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
It is the kindness of the Lord that leads us to repentance. Kind speech is the best way for us to reflect God’s kindness as we interact with our children, grandchildren, and each other.
Our challenge is to drink in that pure spiritual milk ….and let kindness pour out.