Ephesians 5:9; (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Isn’t it the most wonderful thing, when a stranger notices out in public how well-behaved your child is? They remark in amazement that your two-year-old is so happy, so well-adjusted. You can only look at them with a dazed smile. Maybe even offer a passive nod that says “Yes, my son is well-behaved.” Surely they don’t notice the whites of your eyes are now showing, or the death-like grip you have on the shopping cart. And this is because you know that your son is timid around strangers at first and that will wear off in about 2.7 seconds when he decides he’s done sitting in the cart. That in warp-speed your pink-cheeked angel changes to an enraged tyrant demanding that you, his servant, do his will and let him run free in the store–alone. The sweet white-haired grandma wants to touch him–oh no! He used to not care but now–he’s two–he might bite!
You quickly bow out of the conversation, smiling and waving. Then rush to a quiet aisle and wrestle you child’s diapered derriere back into his seat while unleashing the dreaded, “Mom-Tone” and “Hairy Eyeball” combination. You’re only two powers of discipline while in public. Then find a just-while-in-the-store toy to keep him busy and occupied till you get through with your shopping.
Someone did notice the fruit of all your efforts though. If only for a few minutes. Keep in mind how young your human time-bomb is. As he/she grows all your efforts will be longer than 2.7 seconds. Just keep at it. Eventually you will have an independent, well-mannered young man/lady on your hands who is strong and polite twenty-four-seven.
Can you imagine God’s job? He’s invisible and a parent! LOL! What are the fruit of his efforts? Right believing, truth so we stay out of the Devil’s snares and goodness/kindness.
How does he get us from warp-speed emotions to righteousness?
How does he help a young believer who doesn’t know him well yet? He gets them around the mature ones as much as possible. They can help untangle all the devil’s snares.
Titus 2:3-5; The aged (mature spiritually) women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, That they may teach the young (believing) women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded.
Mature believers help the young ones learn these next verses.
Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Here are some links to some other articles on maturity. Read and enjoy! There is so much in store for all of us, because none of us have arrived yet. Lol!
- Is Maturity Overrated? Part 2 (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- A Lie About Relationships, You Need To Know! (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- A Tough Stand on a Tough Subject (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- What Ticks Off God? (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- Are You as Wise as… (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- How Can I Get More Connected With God? (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- What Have You Learned? (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- Humor: A Look At Godly Laughter (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)
- 3 Concepts You Should Know About Ephesians (supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com)