Here are our 10 picks for the most powerful spiritual growth verses in the Bible and the meaning behind each to help you or your loved one in need grow spiritually.
With the world as it currently is, full of uncertainty, many seek help to cope.
Some are able to through the support of their loved ones, their community or sheer force of will.
Others, unfortunately, are still searching.
A lot of people think they need to search far and wide to find the aid they need, but they actually don’t have to.
They need to start looking within themselves.
To develop life habits consistent with values such as compassion, empathy and generosity that enables you to not only keep going even in the face of adversity but also thrive, you need to experience spiritual growth.
What better to guide you on your spiritual journey than the Bible, the Christians’ sacred scriptures that have been helping us find our way for centuries?
So you or your loved one in need can start experiencing spiritual growth as early as now, we’ve listed below what we trust are 10 of the most compelling spiritual growth verses in the Bible and our interpretations of each.
1 Corinthians 13:11
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
One of the many things that differentiate children from adults is how immature they are.
For example, children can get so overwhelmed and upset when things don’t go their way that they can cry or throw a tantrum.
That said, kids are still growing. Adults can’t expect them to be as mature as they are. But some still behave as if they were kids. They’re narcissistic, petty and cruel.
You can no longer act like a child if you want to grow spiritually. You’ll gain the maturity needed to experience spiritual growth only when you do.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?”
Make no mistake, maturity isn’t something that’s just for show.
It’s not based on the clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself or speak.
It all boils down to your attitude.
If your base instincts, like being envious or quarrelsome, still get the better of you, you can’t truly call yourself mature. You need to rise above them or learn how to keep them in check. It will be harder—if not impossible—to experience spiritual growth otherwise.
1 Corinthians 14:20
“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
How can you start becoming more mature?
You can read about it or follow the good example of others, but it will be better if you take a good look at yourself to find out the things about you that are hindering you from growing spiritually.
What are the things you do or think about that aren’t in your best interests despite your better judgment? Are you materialistic? Do you gossip? Are you a bully? Be honest with yourself and determine your bad traits so you can get rid of them and become a better person.
1 Corinthians 2:6
“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.”
Be careful who you listen to, follow or believe when it comes to changing yourself for the better.
Not everyone you think can help you will actually do.
They might not really know what they’re talking about, they just want to make a quick buck or they’re actually out to get you.
Be as cautious as you possibly can so you aren’t led astray.
1 John 1:7-9
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
There’s a simple reason Jesus Christ was able to inspire people to follow Him and start Christianity.
He lived such a righteous life that others were practically compelled to do the same.
If there’s anyone you ought to emulate to give yourself the best chance of experiencing spiritual growth, it’s Him. But you need to acknowledge your shortcomings first. Identifying your flaws lets you know exactly what you need to change about yourself, making it more likely you’ll change for the better.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Before embarking on your spiritual journey, you need to set your mind towards achieving your goal.
It can be hard, you might have to make sacrifices and it might take longer than you expect. But try your best not to waver. The prize is too good to pass up.
You’ll be able to face the challenges you might encounter along the way only if you stay focused.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.”
You’d be surprised how many seemingly upright people are actually frauds.
They’re successful, wealthy and seem nice, but they’re actually deceitful, selfish and sadistic.
Strive to be better. While you may not have as much, you’ll truly be a good person.
1 Peter 2:1-3
“So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
More and more people seem to do wrong now because it’s easier than being good.
It’s easier to splurge on the stuff you like than saving money.
It’s easier to just be lazy and do nothing than waking up early and working hard.
It’s easier to dismiss others or put them down than helping or supporting them.
Don’t succumb to such narrow thinking. Always strive to do good and the best you possibly can.
“So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
It could get lonely on the path to spiritual growth. It’s a journey only you can take. There might not be anybody around to cheer you on. But always remember that God will be watching you from on high.
1 Corinthians 3:8
“He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”
No matter how hard things get, know it will all be worth it once you achieve spiritual growth and start enjoying how better your life will be by becoming a much better person.
- “30 Powerful Bible Scriptures on Spiritual Growth” by the editor in chief of ConnectUS
- “Bible Verses About Spiritual Growth” by Fritz Chery for Bible Reasons
- “10 Signs You’re Spiritually Mature” by Cylon George for Lifehack