What powerful ways can Christians show their maturity?

Mature Christians can put their faith on display in a variety of ways. Have you ever met a Christian who failed to work hard, hates others, and judges everyone? Most of us have. Living out our Christian faith in practical ways is far more effective than defending theology. But what if we kept our faith semi-silent and worked hard, loved others, and judged no one? Our deeds would speak louder than our words. Am I right?

Rather than let everyone know about our faith, we could live in such a way that someone would say, “what is different about you?” Yes, we are commanded to share our faith. What is the best way? By witnessing to everyone, or by living in such a way that people see our faith? Yes.

St Francis of Assisi said, “preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”

“For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth’; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” (1 Peter 2:20–23, NKJV)

Our battle is not with people

Our battles are with spiritual enemies and not people. Do not pick a fight with haters. The reward is little.

We do not fight people. The scripture says the days are evil. And yes, there are those who do wrong things, but there are even more people who are loving and kind. We forget that.

Be reminded …

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12, ESV).

Stop defending yourself

Do not defend yourself. Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek.

“But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:39, NKJV)

Some think this is a weakness. Is it? Would you say it’s easier to fight back or turn your cheek? Turning away from a fight requires more strength than fighting back.

If you are persecuted for Christ, you are to turn your cheek when others slap you. Really? However, if someone breaks into your house to steal your property, you have every right to defend your property. Standing down for Christ is a witness to others. It makes little human sense to stand down, but it is a strategy that God commanded. The greatest way to get God’s results is to do things God’s way.

The immature believer has little strength to walk in temperance and self-control.

It takes maturity to turn the other cheek and not return evil for evil.

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