I had always felt like I needed to defend myself. I needed to prove I was right even if it meant giving in to a bad attitude or a negative word. But not this time. I was faced with an offense. I was accused of something completely untrue. The situation was ripe for me to fight back as I was accustomed to, but I didn’t. I said a simple “okay” and carried on. What would have normally ruined my whole week didn’t phase me one bit. I was different. I had changed. I actually surprised myself because I didn’t even know the change had occurred. Years of prayer, repentance, and clinging to God had developed a security in me that enabled me to shed my old ways and trust God instead of my reaction.
I bet if you’re in a relationship with God you’ve seen growth too. Maturity is the result of our closeness with Him. Throughout the Bible, we see people changed, even through a single encounter with Jesus. Our transformation may not always be so sudden, but I’m confident it’s there. One of the greatest miracles God does today is to change our hearts. I say this is a miracle because no matter how hard we work and strive, check off our lists, go to church, or do everything we think is right, we still don’t have the power to change our hearts. Only God can do that. And He will. Sometimes our spiritual maturity is not always so apparent. It’s more often a gradual process resulting from a steady and lasting relationship with God. Here are 15 marks of the spiritually mature believer:
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