Philippians 3:15-16 (AMP) “So let those (of us) who are spiritually mature and full- grown have this mind and hold these convictions, and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that. “

The Scene: Glasses of water, partially filled. Each glass represents levels of (spiritual) Christian maturity–the water in each glass symbolizes the living water of the Word of God. Those who are most mature must forgive and give grace to those who are less spiritually mature than themselves. We must learn to recognize a person’s level of maturity and act accordingly toward that person–that is the Pauline relationship with others in the Church. And we will be rewarded for those acts of love to others in the Church, to those who may not treat us kindly or lovingly.

1 Corinthians 13:11 “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 childish ways behind me.”

1 Corinthians 14:20 “Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to be evil infants, but in your thinking be adults.”

Ephesians 4:11-13 “It was he who gave some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.”

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