One of the most important aspects of our recovery journey is making sure that we have people in our lives that will not only hold us accountable but will also challenge us. Having people in our lives who will love us enough to challenge us is an indication of being mature in Christ. The idea that we are mature because we have people in our lives goes against the norms of this world. However, a person who never allows others to disagree with them is a very immature person.
We gain maturity in Christ through being a part of a community of Believers. Growth always comes from our ability to bond and to have deep, meaningful relationships with others. When we isolate and cut ourselves off from other Believers, our ability to grow in Christ is stunted. God created us to be in community with one another. Being in a community of Believers who are willing to be honest with each other is vital for our continued maturity in Christ.
We can all take heart in the fact that Jesus had to challenge His disciples on several occasions. The disciples, at times, seemed to be the worst examples of followers of Christ. Mark 8:33 gives us one example of Christ admonishing the disciples, “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me Satan!’, he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.'” When our thinking and behavior is being challenged by other Believers, it’s an indication of their love for us. To go through life without being challenged is to live an entire life without love.
Written by Jackell.