2 comments on “Ephesians Chapter Four Part 4

  1. Elizabeth, again so good. I recently did a brief study on Haslow’s hierarchy of needs in one of my classes I’m taking for my masters degree. And it’s an interesting study how people are motivated and what motivates people to change. Add that social science to the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting, and it’s a strong combination that leaders can utilize to help others move towards maturity. Thanks for sharing. Always love reading your comments.

  2. This series we’ve been in has had me researching signs of emotional maturity and human development. Our walk in faith is essentially being re-born into a healthy family and being re-parented by an unconditionally loving, ever present, ever patient, ever Grace-filled father who has given us a living word by which to live. (this makes me feel bad for earthly parents who take home a new wiggling, drooling human being and they get no guidebook at all…sounds terrifying!) We stand in faith by learning to become ‘two marshmallow’ kinds of people. In the past three weeks I have seen Christians behaving badly out in the world…cutting off people in traffic, or screaming at someone in their passenger seat. I knew they were Christians because of their bumper stickers, but our love for Him and our expressions of faith have to be more than a bumper sticker. I think that’s part of our maturing process though. When we are 12 and getting into something, we buy things associated with that something…we buy paints and brushes and call ourselves ‘artists’, or we buy a t-shirt with a leopard on it and call ourselves conservationists…but then we throw trash on the ground, or we never paint anything. Shocking though it may be, there are adults who live like this. Some of us got older but we skipped over the parts where we grow up. I think maturing in our faith is about congruency, and at the very least having humility and transparency about the parts of us that still eat the first marshmallow. Distress tolerance, humility, a sense of humor, patience, kindness (particularly in the face of hostility, discomfort or opposition), concern for others and the pursuit of goals beyond our immediate wants. Can I say this, in researching human development I wonder about people who are struggling to meet their basic needs since much of the character development we talk about in Ephesians is associated with self-actualization (maslow’s hierarchy of needs)…and yet, my experiences have taught me that material circumstances don’t equate to emotional maturity. I wish I could explain it, but instead I’ll attribute it to the mystery of His plan It makes me sad that any of us would need a reason to treat ourselves and each other with kindness…but we do. God being the essence of Love, being the purpose for all things, I would say, is worth standing for.

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