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WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE MATURE?

We speak easily about "mature" Christians, as if maturity is an honour gained in exchange for years of faithful service and good behaviour. But what do we really mean when we talk of "maturity" in an individual? The following article, written by an unknown author, appeared in the Prayer League Bulletin.

MATURITY - is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence and destruction.

MATURITY - is patience, the willingness to pass up immediate pleasures in favour of long term gain.

MATURITY - is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or situation in spite of opposition or discouraging setbacks.

MATURITY - is unselfishness responding to the needs of others, often at the expense of one's own desires or wishes.

MATURITY - is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat without complaining or collapse.

MATURITY - is humility. It is being big enough to say "I was wrong". And when right, the mature person need not say "I told you so".

MATURITY - means dependability, keeping one's word, coming through in crisis. The immature are masters of the alibi, confused and disorganised. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions that never materialise.

MATURITY - is the art of [changing what we can for the good and] living in peace with what we cannot change.

In the light of the indications above, how do you evaluate yourself?

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Also - MATURITY is not taking offence when snubbed, ridiculed or humiliated in any way. Your reaction is being watched by one who is a perfect judge of your real situation.

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Whenever surrounded by problems or pain, NEVER forget that -

God is perfect,

He has never made a mistake,

This is the best of all possible worlds, and all life is totally under His full control.

"Eye hath not seen, neither has ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of any man the things which God hath prepared for those who love Him.

"All things work together for good to those that love God" [Rom.]

For the Christian, we all live about three score years and ten on this earthly life, but we will live with God in all His glory for all eternity.

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