Spiritual growth is one of the most unknown aspects of society and, in turn, has great importance for any individual. Knowing all its aspects and applying them in your day to day will make you a better person and you will be able to change your present towards a promising future. In this article are 10 verses about the importance of spiritual growth
10 Verses On Spiritual Growth
Below are bible verses about spiritual growth.
1) 1 Peter 2:2
“[…] desire, like new-born children, spiritual and pure milk, so that through it you may grow for salvation”
2) 2 Timothy 2:15
“Strive to present yourself before God as a tried man, a workman who has nothing to be ashamed of, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
3) Hebrews 6:1
“Therefore, leaving the elements of the word of Christ, let us tend to that which is perfect, without laying again the foundation of renunciation of dead works, of faith in God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of the imposition of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
4) Colossians 1:9-10
“[…] we do not cease to pray to God for you, and to ask that you be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, to walk worthily of the Lord and be entirely pleasing to him, bearing fruit in all kinds of good works and growing through the knowledge of God.”
5) Ephesians 4:13-15
“[…]until we have all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to the state of a man-made, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we are no longer children, floating and carried away by every wind of doctrine, by the deceit of men, by their craftiness in the means of seduction, but that, professing the truth in charity, we grow in all respects into him who is the head, Christ.”
6) 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
“For me, brethren, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual men, but as carnal men, as children in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food because you couldn’t stand it; and you can’t even now because you’re still carnal. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not carnal, and do you not walk after man?”
7) Hebrews 5:12-14
“You, indeed, who long should be teachers, still need to be taught the first rudiments of the oracles of God, you have come to need milk and not solid food. Now whoever is of milk has no experience of the word of righteousness; because he is a child. But solid food is for grown men, for those whose judgment is exercised by use to discern what is right and what is wrong.”
8) Luke 2:52
“And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and with men.”
9) 2 Thessalonians 1:3
“We must continually give thanks to God, brethren, for you, as it is right, because your faith is making great progress, and the charity of each of you toward others is increasing more and more. ”
10) 2 Peter 3:18
“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and for eternity! Amen!”
7 characteristics of spiritual growth
One of the biggest obstacles to our spiritual growth is that we often try to change what we do instead of who we are. We are so intent on making adjustments to what people see that we forget the most important thing: what only God can see.
God is in the business of transforming us into the image of his Son (Ephesians 4:13). He wants us to grow spiritually, and we need his help for that kind of transformation that is not superficial but happens within us.
Let me share with you seven characteristics of true spiritual growth. Obviously, in the Word of God, we find much more on this subject. But here I ordered seven aspects that reflect very well when we are in spiritual growth:
1. Spiritual growth is based on the new birth.
In other words, spiritual growth is based on real salvation. We cannot speak of spiritual growth if we do not have spiritual life—if we have not been born again and have received God’s forgiveness.
In John 1:12-13 we can read about the importance of this: “But to all who received him, he gave the right (power) to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in his name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Your spiritual growth is not primarily about whether your parents, friends, or relatives are believers. It is, first of all, an individual matter, for those who have been adopted by God.
2. Spiritual growth is based on the work of the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul teaches us that we need to live under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to grow spiritually:
“Therefore be careful how you walk; not as foolish but as wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which there is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:5-18).
The Bible teaches much about the work of the Holy Spirit. For example, it teaches us that He will guide us into all truth and comfort us (John 16:13; 14:26). There is no spiritual growth in our lives if the Spirit is not working these things that only He can do.
3. Spiritual growth is based on experiential knowledge of God’s grace.
It is very different to know things about that God than to know God.
We have a lot of information about God. We know his attributes, we can quote the Word, and talk about what he has revealed, but do you have a relationship with God? Do you know him privately?
Peter wrote: “Rather, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory now and until the day of eternity. Amen”. (2 Peter 3:18, emphasis added.)
The apostle speaks of growth in knowledge and grace. This grace includes the experiential aspect of having felt the forgiveness of our sins and the deep love of God. If we do not know in a deep way the grace of God, we will not be able to share it with other people or grow.
4. Spiritual growth generates an attitude of humility.
It is contradictory to say that we are growing spiritually while being proud. If what you know about God is correct, that knowledge should lead you to reflect on what God is.
God exalts the humble and has a singular passion for them. However, the Bible itself teaches that He resists the proud (James 4:6).
We need to follow the example of Jesus: “Let there then be in you this attitude (this way of thinking) that there was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he existed in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God as something to which cling, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, becoming like men. And finding himself in the form of a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, and death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).
Having all the faculties to have been born in a palace, our Lord came to be born in a manger and to die for sinners, choosing the worst of deaths. Thus he modeled for us an attitude of humility.
5. Spiritual growth comes as an effect of real transformation.
God receives us as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us like this.
That is why, in Romans 12:1-2, we read: “Therefore, I beseech you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable (pleasing) to God, which is your reasonable service. . And do not conform (do not conform) to this world, but transform yourselves by renewing your mind, so that you verify what is the will of God: what is good and acceptable (pleasant) and perfect.
In response to the gospel, we must live with transformed minds in order to grow spiritually.
6. Spiritual growth inspires an attitude of advancement.
When God works in our lives, he challenges us to keep growing.
The apostle Paul wrote of this: “Brothers, I myself do not consider that I have already attained it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I press toward the goal to obtain the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Pablo was not watching his rearview mirrors as he advanced in spiritual growth. We need to stop living in yesterday. There are times when we are stuck, and so we must turn the page.
There are things that God has for us that we cannot receive as long as we carry our past. We must move toward the goal of knowing Christ more and being like Him.
7. Spiritual growth promotes an attitude of service.
Our Lord Jesus Christ taught: “and whoever wants to be first among you must be your servant; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28).
We reflect Christ when we give up a life centered on ourselves and decide to help others.
Are we serving others as Jesus expects us to? That is powerful evidence that we are growing spiritually on the inside.