1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.
I. WE SHOULD POSSESS CHILDLIKE SIMPLICITY OF CHARACTER. To preserve the freshness of childhood in the moral world is the object of the gospel.
II. WITH THIS WE ARE TO UNITE MANLINESS OF UNDERSTANDING. Our childlikeness is to be confined to the moral nature; beyond that, in the reign of the intellect, will and activities, we are commanded as Christians to be men.
Parallel VersesKJV: Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.