Sometimes, growth is subtle. Often, we only see it clearly in retrospect. Though we often assume that our growth will be completely evident to us, it’s usually the small shifts, done repeatedly, that make the biggest difference.
“GROW UP!” That simple statement means it is time to put aside childish ways.
Coming to Christ was just the beginning of God’s work within each of us. One thing I love about this walk with Christ is that we are continuously in progress and building on new revelations about God and ourselves at different stages. We don’t always get it right and it’s not a walk of perfection, but we press on, we learn and we grow. Here are 10 (of many) signs that a person is on the road to progress in their walk with Christ!
1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT says, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought
and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”
Ephesians 4 and 5 give us 10 indicators on what growing looks like.
We are growing……..
1. When we stop lying and tell the truth.
Lying is insecurity, plain and simple. It is a fear of rejection.
Being truthful comes from relaxing in your identity, in who you really are.
It is only then you are totally free from pleasing everyone. “Grow up” and
start being totally honest. (Ephesians 4:15, 25) Prov.6:17, 12:19
2. When we pursue reconciliation instead of anger.
Anger is immature. Babies throw fits and tantrums. It is a form of intimidation
Seek common ground with people instead of your way. Work through conflicts
instead of blowing up. “Grow up, don’t blow up.” (Ephesians 4:26, 31)
2Cor. 5:18, James1:19-20, Prov.19:11, Ps.37:8, Matt.5:22
3. When we stop stealing and start giving.
When I covet, I steal. My desires are controlling me. I want what’s yours
instead of being content with what’s mine.
Real maturity is seeking to add, not subtract. It’s seeking to give, not take.
Be a giver. (Ephesians 4:28, 5:5) Exodus 20:17, Rom.13:19, Heb.13:5,
4. When we speak grace instead of profanity.
People who curse or use swear words have small vocabularies. They are
frustrated with everyone and cannot have difficult conversations.
It takes effort to build people up with words. Be kind, speak well, use words
to describe that you are frustrated instead of curse words. (Eph. 4:29 NLT)
5. When we practice forgiveness instead of bitterness.
Anyone can be bitter. Internalizing and holding grudges. Keeping score for years.
Let it go. Practice the way you want people (and God) to forgive you. It’s
time to grow up. (Eph.4:30-32 NLT) Luke 17:4, Matt.8:21-35
6. When we live purely, not promiscuously.
Animals have no boundaries sexually. Humans do. God has made boundaries
whereby the sexual relationship is confined to marriage.
Honour someone else enough to marry them before engaging with them
sexually. Honour your spouse enough to keep your covenant vows. (Eph.5:3, 5)
7. When we praise instead of “put down”.
Crude (rude, offensive or unsophisticated) jokes seem funny but are
embarrassing. Foolishness can be at someone else’s expense. The world
(and the Internet, social media) are filled with people bringing down
others in a rude way.
Clean it up. Give thanks to God instead. Praise instead of attack. Attacking
is not helping the healing. Appreciate someone and don’t depreciate
someone. Say something nice, if you can’t, keep quiet. (Eph.5:4)
8. When we are sober minded.
When a person gets a little “high” or drunk, they lose control. Their tongue
gets loose. Their actions become unrestrained.
Live in the Spirit. Walk in the Spirit. He can calm you down, satisfy you, and
give you joy. Grow up and quit having to depend on alcohol or drugs or
whatever it takes to give you hope. (Eph.5:18)
9. When we show respect not dishonour.
“Dissing” is the practice of dishonour. A person who is made in the image
of God should never be dishonoured.
The more mature you are, honour becomes natural. You see God’s nature
inside every human being. See people the way God sees them, as valuable
and precious. (Eph.5:19)
10. When we conquer selfishness.
Love is selfless. It is sacrificial. Grown Ups have to sacrifice for their children.
Children grab and snatch. They have tight fists. It’s our natural, childish
behaviour. (Eph.5:21) Phil.2:3, Gal.5:20, James 3:16
As believers we have to grow up and walk in love, every minute of every day.
Let us ask ourselves which one of the above areas do we need to focus on
in order to GROW
Credit: Rhema Bible Church
The Bible can provide us with truth, but it can also be difficult to decipher! Whether you’re looking for some biblical direction, stumped on scriptural questions, or just want to confirm that you’re already on the right track, continue following us for more biblical interpretations.
If you found this helpful, Please SHARE it
If you enjoy OfficialDivineA, sign up to our email list and we’ll notify you about new articles as soon they come out. No spam, we promise.
Click on this link send us your love gift : https://officialdivinea.com/support-donate/
My Support Gift
We’re here for you! Our trained prayer ministers are standing by ready to agree with you in prayer according to Matthew 18:19. click here to submit an online request.
We are a top notch web design company, building affordable, stunning and high quality business websites. We understand that your business website is central to your brand identity, reputation and how clients
Drive traffic to your website and get followers and likes to your social media account. Let WAO Host advertise, promote, and strengthen the presence of your business. We can certainly get your website on the first page of Google for more information.
Visit www.waohost.com / Tell: 011 492 0828 / WhatsApp: 073 641 9751 / Email: Orders@waohost.com