The New Testament is full of references from various angles to the need and importance of maturity; often a rare quality. I want to take the next few days to focus our attention on this subject. In the fourth letter that Paul wrote, he is very blunt in his words to the Corinthians. This is not surprising when we consider the issues they struggled with and Paul had to address.
“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). Notice how he relates the rejection of sin and evil to being a child, but proper maturity to the way we think.
This verse is in the context of Paul’s teaching on the body of Christ and how the gifts are used to “build up the church” (14:4, 12, 26). At the root of many problems in Corinth was placing self first which is not love for others. This is childish and immature. In the ‘Love Chapter 13,’ he says; “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Love for God and what belongs to him requires that we “give up childish ways” and act as those indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This is a lesson I have had to learn over and over, because maturity is a quality that grows as we walk with the Lord. We will look at this more in the days ahead, but it is good to ask yourself whether you are still acting like a child or becoming a man or woman of God who reflects growth through the Scriptures planted in your life.
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