Pouting is Childish

Admit it....most of us do it from time to time, but pouting is childish and this short devotion gives us ways to quit doing it.

We don’t find the word pout in Scripture, but people pout when they don't get their way.(1) 

It's a mixture of anger and self-pity along with a heavy dose of pride. It starts with the "silent treatment" but usually includes some rude remarks and whining along the way.

I've met a few immature adults who unashamedly pout in front of friends, but most of us reserve that bad behavior for home and family. 

Paul wasn’t addressing pouting when he wrote the verse below: 

“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 the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

But he was talking about spiritual maturity, and part of spiritual maturity is growing up in our relationships. 

Pouting is arrogant, manipulative, and destructive. For some people, setting boundaries or cutting off contact is a form of long-term pouting. 

If you have trouble with pouting, self-pity, or anger, ask the Lord to help you grow up (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:12).

And check out today's Bite Size Bible Study, Acting Maturely

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(1) Actually, I discovered that the New Living Translation uses the word pout in Judges 16:15 to describe how Delilah acted when Samson wouldn't tell her his secret. I think that's a fitting use for the word.

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Admit it....most of us do it from time to time, but pouting is childish and this short devotion gives us ways to quit doing it.


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