The True Sign of Maturity

As I read Paul’s letters to the churches, I’m amazed how often Paul addressed Christian behavior. He always began by reminding us of our identity because we can’t live a godly life without the indweliing of the Holy Spirit.

In Colossians 3, Paul reminds us that we are dearly loved by God and chosen to be holy. And because we are loved, we love!

I pray that the church that meets in America would remember who we are and walk accordingly. Let us remember:

We are merciful. We seek to understand others.
We are compassionate. We demonstrate kindness toward ALL.
We are gentle, humble, unoffendable.
We tolerate weakness in our brothers and sisters.
We forgive freely and graciously because we have been forgiven freely and graciously.
We are a demonstration to the world of God’s love.

My brothers and sisters, over the last month, I have heard many Christians talk about what makes a good Christian – prayer, faith, voting, taking a stand on certain issues but Paul said this:


May the church that meets in America mature.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭CSB‬‬