This past Sunday Pastor James preached on the topic of maturity.  He began by reading Hebrews 5:12-14.

The primary point of the message, however, is found in 1 Corinthians 13:11.  Here Paul says that at one point he had the maturity of a child, but there came a time when he gave up his immature ways and moved on to maturity.

The verse, however, must be read in context.  1 Corinthians 13:1-8 is the famous passage on love.  To see the connection between what Paul says about love and maturity, we need to define the word “love” as Paul uses it.  There are two kinds of love:

Philos – This is a love rooted in emotion.  This is not what Paul used here.

Agape – This is a love rooted in choice.  Paul used this word throughout this chapter.

An agape kind of love finds its identity in choice.  God showed this love for us by saving us while we were still sinners.  We often exercise this kind of love with our spouse and kids.  We all come to a point where we have to choose whether or not to love, because the feeling sometimes goes away.

Real maturity, then, is rooted in choosing to do certain things or not do certain things regardless of how we feel about it.  Real maturity is being in the Word daily, even when we do not “feel” like it, serving our spouse when that feeling of love is not necessarily present, and being an effective member of the church even when we might “feel” inconvenienced.

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Discussion:

  1. What has the transition from immaturity to maturity looked like in your life?
  2. We know that on earth we will never stop maturing.  In what areas of your life do you need to operate less on feeling and more on making the right choices?
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