The Importance Of Personal Growth And Maturity

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The idea of personal growth and maturity is something that most humans strive for. People want to grow, mature and gain knowledge and understanding in this life. When one chooses to take on the spiritual life of following Jesus Christ, there is a formation that takes place as a follower and as a proclaimed child of the living God. Through taking on this spiritual formation, there are many ways that one can grow and mature. The understanding and accepting the deep and profound love of Jesus is foundational to the spiritual formation of Christians and leads into any other form of growth. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”(1 Corinthians 13:1-3). As we look into love as a spiritual formation, it really is very foundational. From the beginning of time, at the heart of creation, the intent and purpose of the heart of the Father, is love (Grenz, 1994, p.72). Love is a gift that sacrificial and was expressed freely to Adam and Eve in the garden. The love of the Father is pure and freely given to His children. Though the Father knew that the attack of the enemy (satan) would take place, still His great redemption of His people would foundationally come back to the deep rooted love He has for His people. To save His children, the Father, chose to defeat the enemy by taking on the ultimate sacrifice and He sent His very own son to die for His people, all of creation. This great sacrifice is again deeply... ... middle of paper ... ...nd yet He chose to sacrifice for the sake of loving each one of creation, is to face that all love is a sacrifice and yet so worth giving despite the sacrifice. To mature in spirituality is to hold hands open to the Father to love through us (Miller, 2008, p. 175). Love is personal; love is integrated in every part of each individual. The longing to be loved and to love another is so great. This love comes from the Father who desires such a deep and personal and intimate relationship with each of His children. To be loved is to be the one who humbly accepts a gift freely. To love in return is not to repay but to accept love. To love as the Father has loved, is to trust His deep love and through being loved, we are free to give love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:35).

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