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We sometimes associate naïveté with young, inexperienced, unsuspecting people who do not ask questions. Children often fall into that category, and there is something quite wonderful about a pure-minded person. At times, people do not act in the face of danger because they refuse to see or acknowledge the danger until it is too late to respond. This mindset is something we need to grow beyond as we mature.

“The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps” (Proverbs 14:15 Proverbs 14:15The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.
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). Considering one’s steps requires knowledge, experience and the willingness to listen to sound advice. Life teaches us that most of this world, in the darkness of not knowing God’s way, will take advantage of the naïve and weak. When we consider our steps, we use self-control and wisdom, which are requirements that God makes of us. The realities of life can be harsh and frightening, but using prudence and care can help us avoid much unneeded pain.