CHILDISH VS CHILDLIKE
1 Corinthians 13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 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.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
King James version
We all have characteristics of both and they are not the same thing. some of the differences are:
childish:petulent, tantrum; I want what I want, impatience, self-obsession. not taking responsibility, not willing to get help when they need it, blaming others, staying angry, stubborn, not flexible, think they’re better than others, not listening, lashing out, not taking care of themselves or others, stealing, snatching/grabbing, whining, scolding, finding fault, a victim, all about me. number one. interrupting,
jealousy, spiritual “milk not solid food”, narrow thinking, yell at others to grow up, pout, “I didn’t do it”, only partial knowing but think they know it all, “I know!”. not open to differences in others, refusal or inability to walk in someone else’s shoes, only do something if it is easy, comfortable and convenient, terrible two’s when an adult, easily angry, unforgiving, gossip, wanting to be first, wanting the largest package, grabbing shiniest toy, what they’re going to get for Christmas, not waiting for someone who is slow, into fads, worldly entertainment, unkind, not care if someone else is hurt, wanting to hurt someone, carrying a grudge, resentment, no understanding or wisdom, not teachable/coachable, not make it through teens, bullying, wanting to have more material things than someone else and bragging about what they have, showing off, grabbing attention, impulsive, compulsive, sometimes repulsive, rebellious, disobedient, defiant, oppositional, in a hurry, want it now, inability to wait, stingy, not wanting to take turns, fear, unwillingness to change, want everybody to like them, juvenile, youthful, controling others, immature, inappropriate silliness, giggling, reject or not open to Jesus.
Definition of childish for English Language Learners. : of a child or typical of a child; especially : having or showing the unpleasant qualities (such as silliness or lack of maturity) that children often have.
2. Childish, infantile, childlike refer to characteristics or qualities of childhood. The ending -ish often has unfavorable connotations; childish therefore refers to characteristics that are undesirable and unpleasant: childish selfishness, outbursts of temper.
childlike:(I’m not clear on which characteristics are that of childlikeness and which are characteristic of adults):wisdom, able to grow up, youthful, don’t insist on being totally age-appropriate, informal, think open-mindedly, willing and able to be silly and have a sense of humor, laughing, reason, patience, what they’re going to give for Christmas, realizing and accepting that we’re not all alike, tolerating imperfections in themselves and others, nonjudgmental, unconditional love, innocence, adventuresome, loves and is good to animals, willing to take chances, accepts win and loss, loyalty, willing and able to learn, teachable/coachable, put childish ways behind them, understand they’re not fully arrived, that there is learning and improvement to do, that they don’t know everything, “I don’t know”, “I’m not sure but I’ll find the answer”, glad for the successes of others, able/willing to wait, trusting, careful not to hurt someone else, willing to change, not concerned about the future, in the now, self-control rather than other-control, mature but not overly so, not that worried about what others think, giving/sharing, wanting to help others, sweet, winsome, reflects the face of God, the wonder of life. curiosity, open to discovery and learning, natural, wholesome, creative, not set in their ways, good listener, care about the feelings of others, capable of loving and being loved, willing and able to allow themselves and others to know Jesus.
Childlike | Definition of Childlike by Merriam-Webster
resembling, suggesting, appropriate to a child or childhood, trust and genuineness.
There isn’t much to say after that. I am probably biased because some of the “adults” in my upbringing were childish and I vowed not to be like them, therefore, I admire childlikeness where some adults might not. Childish behavior is expected of children but inappropriate for adults. Childlikeness is expected of children and revered in adults. Childishness has quite negative connotations where childlikeness is admired by some.
Spiritually speaking, if you move the space in the word nowhere (childish) you get now here (childlike.
In the long run, only Jesus truly knows where we stand on the scale from childishness to childlikeness.