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Spiritual Maturity Begins With Love

Updated on March 4, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She posts many articles online that are really Bible lessons.

Anything that is spiritual is not of this world. It is divine, heavenly and for the sake of this article it is anything relating to God. Maturity is a word which has nothing to do with age; rather it has everything to do with growth and ongoing development.

Spiritual Maturity

Putting the two words together, we can conclude that "Spiritual Maturity" is simply the process of developing in one's relationship with God and the things of God. From that brief definition, we can conclude that spiritual maturity is a process. One is not born with it, but one has to grow into it. To that end, we can say that spiritual maturity is ongoing and it begins when one accepts Jesus Christ first as his Savior and then lives by following the example of Jesus Christ. From that point on, there should be some signs of spiritual maturity.

Spiritual maturity is not automatic. A person must want to grow, decide to grow, and make an effort to grow. It requires a commitment to grow. One does not reach a certain point and they believe he has all the maturity he needs.

As long as we live and breathe, we should always strive for a deeper intimate relationship with God that results in spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is walking in obedience to God's word and striving to do the will of God.

Reaching Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity is not only for the pastors, preachers, deacons and Sunday school teachers. Spiritual maturity is available for all and not for the select few. Like natural maturity, spiritual maturity takes time. A person cannot become a believer one day and reach spiritual maturity the next day. However, reaching spiritual maturity depends on what a person is willing to do to attain it.

Examples of Spiritual Maturity in Biblical People

Not all the times, but usually we can see certain signs of spiritual maturity in ourselves and in others that indicate we are growing and developing spiritually. When we study the lives of biblical people we can clearly see how they matured.

At 17, Joseph was not ready to become second in command of Egypt, but through his trials of being put down in the pit, sold into slavery and ended up in Egypt where he spent several years in Potiphar's jail, Joseph matured into the capable position of being second in command over Egypt. Even though this happened when he was 30, it was not his age that made him mature.

We see Nehemiah as a cupbearer with a sad countenance in front of the king. If we follow along with him, we see his spiritual maturity played out through his initiative, discernment, leadership skills, teamwork, accountability, and service.

Paul summed up spiritual maturity this way: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Jesus summed up spiritual maturity in one word: Love!

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35).

The Process of Spiritual Maturity

The process of spiritual maturity is first living on milk, being still an infant who is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. However, as one grows and develops he is ready for solid food because now he can distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14).

As a new believer, it is quite all right to be milk fed, but something is wrong if a person continues to be fed from a bottle and uses a pacifier. Instead, God expects us to put those things aside in the spirit just as we did in the natural. We are expected to chew on the meat of God's Word.

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How to Become Spiritually Mature

If you want to become spiritually mature, do what Jesus did according to Luke 2:52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom (knowledge and understanding) and stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and man (socially)."

In other words, spiritual maturity is not what you BELIEVE, but it is how you BEHAVE!

Spiritual Disciplines For Spiritual Maturity

  • praying
  • praise
  • Bible study
  • meditation
  • fellowship with others
  • journaling

Evidence of Spiritual Maturity

  • discernment
  • initiative
  • teamwork
  • leadership skills
  • accountability
  • having a relationship with God
  • getting along with others
  • forgiveness
  • giving
  • compassion
  • having fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Carolyn, for reading my article. Your kind words are always appreciated.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      skye2day: Thanks for resding and responding to this article. I enjoy writing articles here on hubpages.

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      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      rermjm There is no mistake I landed on your hub of love. 'I get drunk' I am honored to know you. The Spirit moves in you and it is beautiful. You are a love and a gem in His sight. I just love ya, already. I cant wait to read more. The Holy Spirit flows in you like the fresh living water of Jesus Christ. Freely, in truth and wisdom. All Glory to God. Hugs Galore. Your writing sparks the fire inside of me. Awesome Thank You Lord for revmjm!!

      Do come over for a read!! You keep shining the light!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Steven, for your kind words of encouragement. As long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing.

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      steven oliver 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow revmjm! This is one of the most clear and enjoyable pieces I've ever read on Hebrews 5:12-14! Can't wait to read more!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks so much for your thought provoking comment. I am new here so your feedback has given me the motivation to keep on doing what I am doing.

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      Matthew Milam II 

      7 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

      Dear revmjm,

      Thanks for outlining so nicely the steps necessary and the understanding needed for an approach to Spiritual Maturity. Every mother has come upon that time when the nipple and pacifier has to be exchanged for something of more lasting worth. Usually it becomes a test of wills in that most children are reluctant in letting them go. In our adult life we often act in much the same manner as it relates to our progression and Spiritual Maturity is no different. Letting go of our will and submitting to the “Will of God” is not easy for us… but it is necessary. With the help of those who have taken the time to be obedient, standing firm in the faith; like you... we all stand a better chance of succeeding.

      “Blessings”

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for your feedback. It means a lot to me!

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      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good teaching.

      spiritual maturity takes work, commitment and discipline. Thank God for His grace and mercy, He lifts us up when we fall.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks so much for your comment. I used the article as a handout in a workshop I facilitated this morning. It went well!

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      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      I like your article. Remember it took the Israelites 40 years to reach the land of milk & honey, and Moses wasn't even allowed to enter.

      As humans we are stubborn people, it takes us such a long time to "get it." :D

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