Maturing in The Lord
The word mature means to be fully developed in body or mind or as a person. In order to show that we have matured we must put off the bad or negative tracts of of the immature person that we have left behind and replace them with the mind and character of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Here is a list of some things that we need to let go of in order to mature spiritually.
Malice is desire to inflict injury or harm or suffering on another person either because of a hostile impulse or out of a deep seated meanness. According to 1 Peter 1:22, we must show that we have a clean heart.
Guile is insidious cunning in attaining a goal. It’s crafty or artful deception and duplicity having the intent to entrap or cause harm in a sneaky way while making someone think that you are really in their corner.
Hypocrisies are false pretenses of virtuous character, moral or religious belief or principles. In other words its leading people to believe that you possess holiness while in their midst yet behind closed doors you are the exact opposite. As the church, we must be real in our Christ-like lifestyle and if we are not it will show in our talk and attitude.
Envies are feelings of discontent with what you have and covetousness with regard to someone else’s advantage, success, or possessions.
All Evil Speakings
Speaking evil, bad, or negative about someone shows contempt for God, their creator. We must remember that it is God who redeemed the whole world through His son Jesus. That includes the person or person we may have problems with.
In summary, Ephesians 4:22-31 reminds us that God the Father and Jesus Christ our savior wants us to grow up and mature. We show our maturity in our response to each other. Either in our acts of love and kindness. Or, in our hostility and envy toward one another. May we all learn to govern ourselves by the grace we have been given and extend that same grace to each other.
For reference, read and mediate on 1 Peter 2:2-7.