“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Spiritual maturity works the same way as relational maturity. The more we experience something, the faster we learn to respond wisely to that person or situation. Like a fine wine, maturity and all of its fruits develop over time. A wise person will experience difficulty and learn something from it. However, it takes a certain level of failure to build perseverance. You can’t power through a trial unless you come to the point of feeling like you can’t. Have you ever argued with someone to where it could’ve created distance in the relationship, but both parties chose to work through it and pursue connection? Those situations are opportunities to develop deeper roots. These roots are the system of beliefs and attitudes that will determine whether we bend or break under pressure. If you feel like you can’t do something, bring it before the Lord and watch Him show His strength in your weakness. Consistently submitting to the Lord teaches us maturity and makes us whole.
"A WISE PERSON WILL EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY AND LEARN SOMETHING FROM IT."
LORD, thank you for your discipline. Please forgive me for wanting to reject wisdom and give in when life seems unbearable. Holy Spirit, help me to listen to you and obey even when I don’t understand. Please help me to persevere and gain a bit of maturity every time I make a wise choice. Thank you, Lord, that I can come to you broken, but you make me whole.