Are You Growing or Stagnating?
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The Bible says we are no longer infants being tossed back and forth by waves and by scheming people. Instead, we are to speak the truth in love and we will become mature (Ephesians 4:14-15).
A safe person desires growth. They want to be mature and they know healthy relationships take work. Safe people want to do whatever is necessary to help each person grow to their full potential.
As an unsafe person, I sometimes was more concerned with myself than anyone else. Since I already considered myself mature, I was not open to growth. Until this was taught to me, I was stagnant and didn’t even realize it.
At one time or another, we can all be unsafe. But continuing to respond to others in this way is something we need to address. Reading good books, getting good counsel, and asking God to help us is a great start.
A Prayer for Us in Relationships:
Lord, we need your wisdom so we can discern the people with which we can relate. Father, you tell us that when we lack wisdom we can ask you for help. Help us Lord. Help us to be drawn to those who respect the boundaries of others. Help us to be people who are not conceited, seeing ourselves as better than others. Lord, if we make mistakes, help us to humbly admit them, and if others make mistakes, help us to forgive them, knowing we could make the same mistakes. Father, help us to submit to one another, to keep our communication fitting, to not gossip or devalue anyone. And Lord, give us a desire to grow and become mature in Christ. For we pray all this in your Son’s precious name. Amen.
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Anne Peterson is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. Anne is a poet, speaker, published author of 16 books, including her latest book, Always There: Finding God's Comfort Through Loss. Anne has also written and published another memoir, Broken: A story of abuse, survival, and hope. Sign up for Anne’s newsletter at www.annepeterson.com and receive a free eBook by clicking the tab. Or connect with her on Facebook.