How are you doing? For those in England, I hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday. Today, I went out with my husband and daughter and it was a beautiful family time out. My daughter planned our day trip, she went above and beyond to creatively plan our day out. I can't believe how grown our daughter is. With children's growth, it's always the desire of most parents to see their children grow as it brings joy to our hearts. Doesn't it?
This is the same with God, He desires for His children to grow. He would like you to become more like Him in the way you show love and kindness, speak, in what you do, what you don't do, where you go, what you wear, how you give, when you give, and many more other things.
1) Manage your communication (Tame your tongue) through Christ's perspective - You will speak the truth in love, you will know how to speak, when to speak, and when not to speak. Your choice of words will start changing as you know that you will give account on the day of judgement for every empty word you speak (Matthew 12:36).
Also, you will communicate positively, and you will declare positive things as you know that your words carry power. You'll be using the authority God has given you to declare His promises until you experience victory.
2) Your thoughts will start changing - The things you think about will start changing. You will not be too quick to make negative assumptions about situations. You will give people positive benefits of the doubt. You will take charge of your emotions when you are stressed or feeling down as the Word of God will help you regulate your emotions. Philippians 4:8 says "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
You'll embrace the fact that nothing can stop God's plans from coming to pass in your life. This regularly guides your thoughts and actions.
3) You'll care about others without wanting anything in return - Hebrews 10:24 says "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works."
As you become more like Christ, you will grow in loving your brothers and sisters in Christ. In fact, your utmost desire would be to be kind and compassionate to others because you understand the importance of walking in love and walking in forgiveness because of the love of Christ that fills your heart.
Does your life reflect any of the signs of spiritual growth above? I love hearing from you in the comment section. Please take a minute to say hello in the comment section.
Finally, I'd like you to know that you cannot do the above in your own strength or in your own knowledge. You need to submit to the Word of God and the things that the Holy Spirit reminds you of, as the Holy Spirit wants to help you to become more like Christ BUT you need to keep saying Yes to His teachings.
If you would like to listen to the full audio sermon that I preached on this topic at the church that I co-Pastor with my husband, please click here - https://on.soundcloud.com/tGM18.
Have a lovely evening!
Yours in Christ,
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