For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it
(Holy Bible: New American Standard Bible, 1
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses
trained to discern good and evil (Ibid. Hebrews 5:14).
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love (Ibid. 1 John 4:7-8).
Often, the young learn from their elders. You can read in Proverbs, “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom…” (Ibid. 4:7). A prominent place to acquire wisdom is from those who have been around a while and learned a thing or two about life. However, age does not always mean maturity. It’s likely that we’ve all seen adults act like children. In a small community, there was a group of adults who were unhappy with the leadership of their church and decided to leave*. However, this group of adults chose to make sure that everyone in their small community knew that they had left that church. They called other members of the church and told them that they were more spiritual than that church and they should leave with them. They went about spreading rumors about the pastor and his wife. Oddly, these actions and behaviors sound more like what you find amongst immature teenagers, but, these were adults. In fact, they were the parents of teenagers, adults who regarded themselves as mature and spiritual leaders.
Perhaps, maturity is found more in action than in age. We can see that very idea in the pages of the New Testament. This principle can be seen in Jesus’ own words to believers when He said that we should let our lights shine before the unbelieving world. Specifically, our actions, with the hope of bringing glory to God (Matt. 5:16). His teaching evidently rubbed off on the Apostle John, because he wrote that, we should love in actions or in what we do, as opposed to simply by words (1 John 3:18). Therefore, as you seek a Spiritual Guide, does their walk consist of gossip or in love, joy, and peace? Do they display their spirituality by causing division and factions in the body or in kindness, goodness, and faithfulness? When they speak of others is there malice and maligning or gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)? These fruits of the Spirit are real evidence of maturity.
[* People have left a church for a variety of reason, some good and some bad. However, their actions speak louder of their spiritual walks than their words.]
Written by Pastor Ozzy
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1995. Holy Bible: New American Standard Bible. LaHabra: The Lockman Foundation.