“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).

The difference between a mature and immature faith is easily recognized. Immaturity is marked by a self-consuming preoccupation, while a mature faith directs its energies outward into the lives of others. Immaturity sulks, withdraws, and displays a passive-aggressive spirit that seeks to undermine the vitality of congregational life. Maturity recognizes its position of influence in the life of others and deliberately engages them in a way that stimulates them to a life of robust faith.

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