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Growing Up

By: Jill Briscoe

As new converts to Christ begin to read, mark, and inwardly digest the Scriptures, they grow spiritually. Paul uses an analogy for this kind of growth in 1 Corinthians 13:11. He writes, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” Children act like children, but one day, if things are normal, children become adults and behave like adults. They “put away childish things.” In the context of the chapter, Paul means that as believers mature in their faith, they learn how to love as God loves. A baby needs to be loved but does not know how to love in return. But eventually the baby grows up and learns how to give love as well.

Believers need to learn how to love as God loves. They need to move from just being loved to giving love or from “need love” to “gift love.” The key lies in the measure of spiritual maturity. The measure of our spiritual maturity lies in our ability to feed on the Word of God an…

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