Work on Maturity: Use Your Words

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 6, 2008
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Notes:

Ephesians 4:11-16 Human maturity and spiritual maturity match up and are connected. A spiritually mature person is never an immature human. Chronological age and maturity are often not the same. Many who are adults chronologically are at the child or infant stage of maturity. Years of Christian involvement do not ensure maturity either.

Hebrews 5:11-14 Jesus is the primary example of a mature adult, and his teachings provide the doctrine he believed that made him the way he was.

Matthew 5:1-ff The beatitudes are the mature way to think which motivates the right way to act.

Matthew 5:21 & 22 Mature people do not call others "fool," "you good for nothing," nor have outbursts of anger. The immature allow their feelings to be hurt and act out on others.

Matthew 5:23 & 24 Mature people do the necessary hard tasks to reconcile with a brother. Children deny, ignore, or avoid reconciliation and rather care about themselves only.

Matthew 5:25 & 26 Mature people do not procrastinate when there is a problem with other people. They go to the person, speak up, and lovingly seek reconciliation.

Matthew 5:27-30 Mature people do the hard, disciplined work to avoid sin. Children have the inability to project for the future. This shortsightedness, therefore, often causes them to act foolishly and impetuously. They do not acknowledge something is wrong with their lives, nor do they take the responsibility to change.

Matthew 5:33-37 Mature people have integrity. Children swear to God and lie.

Matthew 5:38-44 Mature people do not retaliate, but rather they understand how evil works and therefore avoid being pulled into it. Immature people cannot stand any injustice or bad that others do to them because it causes much pain within them.

Matthew 5:43-48 Highly developed minds are able to love their enemies; these are only those who have truly died to themselves.

Matthew 6:1-18 The mature do what they do for God, not the approval or recognition of others.

    THINGS THAT BUILD MATURITY
  1. Repentance, the acceptance of the Lordship of Christ, and holy spirit. John 14:18
  2. Receive right doctrine about God and Christian living.
  3. Receive inner healing and the truth regarding the lies we believe.
  4. Belong to a family where we can receive and give life. Receive mentoring and provide mentoring for others.
  5. Deal with habitual sin and demons



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