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Spiritual Growth and Maturity


“…real life means to be in communion with God, to resemble Him, to imitate Him, and to participate in His life. Those who are truly human will manifest the activities, or energies, of God in their lives. This is our end—to become mature in our humanity so we reflect the image of the One in whom we have been created. Spiritual growth is a natural desire for every human being.” (Kevin Scherer) "

Both psychological and spiritual growth occur best in the atmosphere of a loving community, where warm human relationships with one’s peers and those in authority manifest a certain fullness of life.” (Bishop John of Amorion)

“There is no instant formula for spirituality. Spirituality consists in living out the journey of Christ through Faith. We must be able to identify personally with Christ.” (Bishop John of Amorion)

“St. John Chrysostom says commenting on the scripture in 1 Cor. 12:12, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face” that the increase of our vision means an increase in our understanding and perception. In one of his homilies he explains, “not as though God has a face, but in order to express greater manifestation and clarity. Do you see how we learn all things by gradual advance?” (Sacramental Living Podcast, St. John Chrysostom)

“As we grow in the Lord, our vision gradually conforms to the Lord’s mind, until we find ourselves thinking with Him. We develop what Father George Florovsky calls a “scriptural mind” – one which is wholly attuned to God.” (OCPM 5/13/2017)

“When we actively seek to expand His life in ours, His character gradually becomes ours.’ (Bruce Wilkinson)

“Godly habits will gradually grow on you, and finally you will do of your own accord what was at first a matter of compulsion.” (St. Jerome)"

When I experience setbacks on my daily and hourly journey to God, like my own laziness and procrastination, I tend to lose sight of the positive fact that I am “being built,” little by little, together with other cross-carriers, “for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” The process of “being built” includes setbacks and difficulties, –otherwise there would be no need for further “building.” And I am reminded today that I’m not alone in this process, which occurs daily in me and others through spiritual progress, not spiritual perfection." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“Our life on earth then has great meaning and significance: to develop and to grow little by little into the image and likeness of God. In other words, it simply means we are to become as fully human as possible.” (Father Stanley Harakas)

“Real change doesn’t hinge on a four-part plan or five easy steps. More often it’s a daily decision followed by a continual process in which I allow God to restore and remake my life one day at a time.” (Ryan Shook & Josh Shook)

“Do you envy people who are able to find something positive in every negative experience? Actually, this isn’t just some natural ability. It’s learned. We can teach ourselves to take life’s setbacks, turn them right side up, and recognize their value.” (Mort Crim)

“We never arrive as being “finished products” as human beings. We have a lot yet to learn, daily.” (Edith Schaeffer)

“Growth in godly character is not only progressive and always unfinished, it is absolutely necessary for spiritual survival. If we are not growing in godly character, we are regressing; in the spiritual life we never stand still." (Jerry Bridges)

“True spiritual growth occurs over a period of time...There is, over time, a growth and formation in the knowledge of God.” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Timothy 4:2, Father Stephen Freeman) “Do not be content with a static Christian life. Determine rather to grow in faith and love, in knowledge and holiness." (John Stott)

“We invest our energy in keeping life the way it is. We resist growth. We become reactors rather than making things happen. We stay in the holes of our discouragement. When we don’t risk stepping out, we risk missing the life-abundant changes God has in store for us." (H. Norman Wright)

“Problems are the very means by which God changes us, transforms us, and drives us forward. Without problems, there would be no growth." (Tim Hansel)

“Spiritual growth is neither spontaneous nor automatic. Spiritual growth requires the exercise of personal freedom through intellectual, moral and spiritual decisions, commitments and actions. But spiritual growth, too, surely needs a proper environment and constant nourishment to flourish.” (Father Theodore Stylianopoulos)

“Without loving structure, our spiritual growth will stall, and we will never become the person God created us to be." (Rev. Christopher H. Martin)

“The Kingdom of Heaven [and our own spiritual growth] is taken by force, but gradually, not all at once. This occurs through constant vigilance, self-denial, patience, guarding of the senses, repentance, self-reproach and above all quietude, silence and prayer.” (Elder Michael II of Valaam)

“Our salvation…begins at baptism…(From that moment we begin a process of slow spiritual growth)…and continues throughout life. It is a process of unending spiritual growth.” (Father Anthony Coniaris

“[Spiritual growth] is the work of a lifetime and often involves some great hardship and struggle… all of us must struggle hard to get past our own lazy inclinations and seek God with all of our effort because, due to the sinful inclinations within us, it does not, at first, come naturally… spiritual growth and an eventual sense of conviction come through persistence and struggle.” (Sacramental Living)

“...spiritual maturity is one of the chief goals of the Christian’s spiritual journey.” (Richard A. Grumberg)

“Contrary to what happens to our natural age-growth, there is no clearly definable age of maturity in knowing Christ. We are maturing, and yet we are still growing…Our growth is a transformation from glory to glory as we behold the image of Christ, as we deepen our perception of Him; therefore, there is no end, no definitive stage. Maturity is reached with every step, yet growth continues. We enjoy the fruits of maturity in knowing Christ, and at the same time we see the unlimited possibilities of growing more and more, of transformation and transposition into higher, increasingly enriching, sophisticated, and refined realms of experience.” (Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis)

“Maturity in Christ is about consistent pursuit in spite of the attacks and setbacks. Maturity in Christ is not about finally attaining some level of pseudo-perfection. It is about remaining in the arms of God. Abiding and staying, even in my weakness, even in my failure.” (Angela Thomas)

"Christian maturity involves acting on the guidance that you have already received. We can always make excuses that we still have so much to learn. The instruction for us is to live up to what we already know and live out what we have already learned. We do not have to be sidetracked by an unending search for truth.” (Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 3:16)"…becoming like Christ is a lifelong process...our salvation in Christ includes a lifelong process of maturing.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 7:15, Orthodox Study Bible, 2 Peter 3:15)

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