What Is Maturity?

  There are those who tell us to grow up, act our age, mature.  But, what is maturity?

  Ralph Waldo Emerson has written a good article on this matter  May I share it with you?

“Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.
Maturity is patience.  It is the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of the long-term gain.
Maturity is perseverance. The ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setbacks.
Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.  
Maturity is humility.  It is being big enough to say, “I was wrong.”  And, when right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so.”
Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities; then they do nothing.
Maturity means dependability, keeping one’s word, coming through in a crisis.  The immature are masters of the alibi.  They are the confused and the disorganized.  Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions that somehow never materialize.
Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change, the courage to change that which should be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

  Jesus is the supreme example of maturity.  He gave His life for God’s purpose.  He set His face steadfast for Jerusalem to suffer crucifixion.  He finished the work God gave Him to do.  He gave to the world its ultimate hope.  In that finished work of Jesus is God’s complete forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life with Him, for all who will receive Jesus. 
It is time to grow up, and we can as long as we look to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. 

   Peter closes his second letter by writing:  “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”   2 Peter 3:17-18

  How we need to grow up, grow into the likeness of Jesus.  “He became like us so we could become like Him.”  Spiritual immaturity is the number one problem in our churches. God is looking for mature men and women to carry on His work.

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