For our present sermon series, we’ve defined “maturity” as “having reached the advanced stages of a process.” While that definition doesn’t suggest we’ve arrived, it does suggest we’ve made significant progress.
When I think about spiritual maturity, I envision a life-long pursuit to be drawn to the heart of Jesus. When I’m drawn to the heart of Jesus, I become more like Jesus in the way I think, the way I talk, and the way I walk. To be mature involves both our character and our conduct.
This coming Sunday, I’ll be talking about spiritual maturity as it specifically relates to anger and the ways in which we handle anger. My message will come from Matthew 5:21-24. I pray you’ll personally ponder this passage before you make your way to church this Sunday.
“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.