Scripture can often be confusing
It’s understanding a little hazy,
Without the aid of wise teachers
I might grow up a bit crazy!
It takes time to grow mature
In emotions, body, and mind,
If one of the three is hurting
It throws the whole in a bind.
We get “hung up” on painful memories
Like weights, they pull us down,
They affect how we will act –
If we’ll smile or if we’ll frown.
I trust God will open my eyes
To His truth of how to grow,
While growing from child to adult
He’ll teach what I need to know.
There are two verses of scripture in the Bible that mention how we are to grow mature in our faith. Matthew 18:3 says: “Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” While we as parents tell our children to grow up and become more like adults, Jesus was telling adults to become more like children. The Bible u
rges us to be more (childlike) in our faith, humility, acceptance and openness to others. We are never to grow away from these childlike qualities. Adults are to have the same (qualities of humility and teachability as a child). Children sometimes listen better than adults.
Then in another verse of scripture taken from 1 Corinthians 13:11 it also talks about a child’s immaturity. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Here Paul was referring to a combination of (emotional and spiritual immaturity). Maturity doesn’t always come simply because we grow older. Our bodies may be adult size and our minds may be fully developed, but our emotions may not grow past a certain level. Because of past emotional memories we often get “hung up” and they keep pulling us down like weights, and we cannot progress further because we haven’t healed from the painful past memories. Our bodies, minds, and emotions need to reach maturity together as a whole. Unless we can find healing in all three, we’ll never be able to move past a certain stage of spiritual development.
Negative emotions can cause bad feelings, and bad feelings affect our actions. Paul wants us to grow up spiritually. He wants us to get rid of what is holding us back from our past and to move forward in our growth. Painful memories keep us torn up all the time. Our reactions may cause us to appear more childish than adult. Give those painful memories to God and allow him to heal you. It takes time to heal properly, but believe that He can do it if you will only (allow) it to happen.
Sheila Wells Hughes, October 23, 2018, # 906