MATURED CHRISTIANS

MATURED CHRISTIANS

Here comes the Signs of Matured Christians
✅ They speak the truth at all times
✅ They are good listeners
✅ They hardly take offense
✅ They are quick to forgive
✅ They are reliable
✅ They are supportive
✅ They have appetite for prayer and fasting
✅ They rely on the Word of God
✅ The more God lifts them up, the more they become humble
✅ They hardly defend themselves
✅ They are quick to repent
✅ They seek peace and pursue it
✅ They love people and they are compassionate
✅ They know when to talk and when to be quiet
✅ They are full of wisdom in many aspects of life
✅ They respect people and are very sensitive to people's feelings
✅ They have a lot of patience and they are not short tempered
✅ They fear God
✅ They give honour where it is due
✅ They are content with what they have
✅ They have good leadership skills
✅ They are hospitable
✅ They are not carried away by all kinds of teachings
✅ They are good followers
✅ They have a sacrificial spirit
✅ They don't gossip and look down on people
✅ They have faith
✅ They take part in church activities and attend church regularly
✅ They are clean in every aspect of life
✅ Their spirits are sensitive, they hate sin
✅ They don't act holier than others
✅ They don't compete with others

Ask yourself: Am I a matured Christian? May God give us the grace to identify and work on our weak areas.

SUFFERING HAS IT PURPOSE
The "leviathan" (41:1) is a sea monster, identified by many Bible scholars with the crocodile. Today's reading portrays it as so fierce that no human can subdue it. If people are afraid to even confront a crocodile, isn't it foolish, then, for them to think they can stand up to God (vs.9-11)? The point about the behemoth and the leviathan is that suffering, like these two animals, is terrifying and mysterious, yet it is part of God's creation and needs to be accepted as such. The Life Application study Bible on page 839 has helpful notes on six question to ask ourselves when we suffer, and what to do if the answer is yes. The question are:
?  Am I being punished by God for sin?
?  Is Satan attacking me as I try to survive as a Christian?
?  Am I being prepared for a special service, learning to be compassionate to those who suffer?
?  Am I specifically selected for testing, like job?
?  Is my suffering a result of natural consequence for which I am not directly responsible?
?  Is my suffering due to some unknown reason?
Prayer No matter the cause of my suffering, Lord God, help me to be able to comfort others who suffer with the comfort you give me. (2corinthians 1:3,4).


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