Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Quietly sitting on the sidelines watching and listening can yield some great insight into what others think is very important in their lives. Watching the facial expressions and listening to the tone and inflections in the words uttered give clues to the desires and drives of individuals. After twenty two years in the chemical industry and 31 years of ministry, immaturity of individuals cause the greatest harm to relationships, organizations, and keeps success at bay.
Two highly successful and intelligent individuals allowed immaturity to affect their goals and careers. Both were highly accomplished and intelligent. Both had acquired advanced degrees in the field of engineering. Both were highly respected. Both worked extremely hard for their success. Both despised each other, even though they worked for the same company, division, and production area.
Their hatred toward each other was evident to every one around them. If one was in a meeting and the other one walked in, the whole demeanor of the individuals changed drastically.
I was friends with both of them but I could not get either one to sit down with the other and work it out. They refused because each one believed that they were the one that was in the right so all the problem was with the other person. Both refused to budge; they remain inflexible and unyielding.
The end results of the relationship between the two ended when one was demoted and the other one was forced to leave the company.
The reason is simple; both were selfish and were more concerned with self than what was best. Each one pushed his or her rights at the expense of the other one and those that unfortunately got in the way of them.
Maturity looks out for the other person. Maturity puts the other person first. Maturity bears a fault rather than taking revenge or retaliation. Maturity is loving the other person first.
Maturity is love in action, not love for self but love for Christ and others.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
• Immaturity exalts self – Maturity exalts Christ.
• Immaturity focuses on self – Maturity focuses on Christ.
• Immaturity seeks self glorification – Maturity seeks to glorify Christ.
• Immaturity destroys relationships – Maturity builds and protects relationships.
• Immaturity brings discord – Maturity brings unity.
• Immaturity brings strife – Maturity brings calmness.
• Immaturity worships self gratification – Maturity worships the Lord.
About time for Christians to grow in maturity, which comes from knowing and doing God’s word.