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Spiritual Growth and Development- The Pain, Purpose and Promise

Updated on April 22, 2015

The Road To Maturity

Spiritual growth and development is a process of stages that take a physical lifetime to complete and at times can be a painful experience on many levels. However, as long as we have breath, an openness and willingness to learn and grow, we can and will experience spiritual transformation and progressive development that will enable us to live fulfilling lives.

Some of us may have been on this journey for many years and consider ourselves seasoned travelers, and perhaps some of us are new to the path and contemplate changing direction or finding a new path due to the struggles and hardships we encounter. Well, wherever you are and whatever you're going through in your journey, experience peace in the fact that God is aware and in control. He has a plan and purpose for your life that is to prosper you, give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Stay the course, press ahead, and be encouraged through the following synopsis that illustrates experiences and comfort for the road to spiritual maturity.


The Purpose of Persevering

You are a unique individual, a child of God, molded and developed from within by the Holy Spirit. You encounter various experiences – many you endure, some you barely survive, most of which you overcome. All for a reason, a specific purpose of growth. God has called us to persevere, so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Therefore, consider these times pure joy (James 1:2-4).

You may feel insecure in your Christian journey, confusion about proper behavior and responses. You are a babe in Christ, a novice in the ways of His ‘word’. Take heart my friend, for “we all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check” (James 3:2).

Perfection is a lifetime attainment for a Christian; something constantly and continuously strived for. At times you may feel awkward and uncomfortable because of criticisms and rebukes. My friend, “do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke because the Lord disciplines those He loves” and punishes everyone He accepts as a son (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5).

Remember the true realization that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right (Acts 10:34-35). Know that you are loved and accepted because of and in spite of the things that make you the person you are.

“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose“(Philippians 2:12-13). And so that you will not grow weary and lose heart, run with perseverance the race marked out for us, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Be blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins

Inspired 4 U


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      Jo Anne Meekins 4 years ago from Queens, NY

      Thank you Dusty! Sorry I am just reading this comment. I don't know how I missed it. But I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Yes, it is only through the Spirit that we can have any revelation about the things of God and He desires for us to be in relationship with Him, which comes through accepting His Son as Lord and Savior and receiving the gift of The Holy Spirit to abide within.

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      Dusty Farrell 6 years ago

      Good hub! We need a new frame of reference, a spirit perspective because our mind is not capable to comprehend the Lord. After all, we were created in His image and likeness, and He wants that for us who believe.

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      Jo Anne Meekins 6 years ago from Queens, NY

      Yes Cheryl, it certainly is and one that is filled with adventure that nust be broached with faith and perseverance throughtout. Thank you.

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      Life is a journey. Nice hub

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      Jo Anne Meekins 8 years ago from Queens, NY

      You are welcome Jykeith!

      Thanks Marliza! I wrote it to encourage a young brother in the Lord based on my own experience in the journey. It's growth just to be able to smile now at those painful places that could not even garner a fake smile at the time. God is good and faithful all the time in every season! It is a privilege and an honor to be in relationship with Him. I am glad you were encouraged.

      Jo Anne

      Inspired 4 U

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      Marliza Gunter 8 years ago from South Africa

      "You encounter various experiences – many you endure, some you barely survive, most of which you overcome. All for a reason, a specific purpose of growth."... I totally agree with this..I even smiled when I red the barely survive part...this hub sounds so much like my life...thanks for the encouraging words...

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      Jykeith Comal 8 years ago from Cincinnati OH

      Great hub....thanx