Characteristics of Maturity
Maturity – to continue developing to a desire level….
Maturity does not happen without going through a process of growth, differentiation, that takes time (sometimes a process of slow change and development) for performing an intended purpose of function.
We are dealing with a generation of Christians that are advanced when it concerns the knowledge of God but are lacking in the characteristics of God. Thus, we are missing essentials Marks of Maturity…
- A mature person is able to keep long-term commitments.
One key signal of maturity is the ability to delay gratification. Part of this means a person is able to keep commitments even when they are no longer new or novel. They can commit to continue doing what is right even when they don’t feel like it.
- A mature person is unshaken by flattery or criticism.
As people mature, they sooner or later understand that nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad as it seems. Mature people can receive compliments or criticism without letting it ruin them or sway them into a distorted view of themselves. They are secure in their identity.
- A mature person possesses a spirit of humility.
Humility parallels maturity. Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less. Mature people aren’t consumed with drawing attention to themselves. They see how others have contributed to their success and can even sincerely give honor to their Creator who gave them the talent. This is the opposite of arrogance.
- A mature person’s decisions are based on character not feelings.
Mature people live by values. They have principles that guide their decisions. They are able to progress beyond merely reacting to life’s options, and are proactive as they live their life. Their character is master over their emotions.
- A mature person expresses gratitude consistently.
The more you mature, the more grateful you are, for both big and little things. Immature people presume they deserve everything good that happens to them. Mature people see the big picture and realize how good they have it, compared to others that are less fortunate.
- A mature person knows how to prioritize others before themselves.
A mature person is one whose agenda revolves around others, not self. Maturity is getting past your own desires and beginning to live to meet the needs of others less fortunate.
- A mature person seeks wisdom before acting.
Finally, a mature person is teachable. They don’t presume they have all the answers. The wiser they get the more they realize they need more wisdom.
Only the wise seek wisdom.