Summary: Emotional maturity is rooted in love.

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Becoming an Emotionally Mature Adult

Series: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Brad Bailey – March 4, 2012

Following the recent tragic death of Whitney Houston at the relatively young age of 48… there has been a lot of reflection on something not being right in the soul of many like her.

In one recent interview with the drummer and music producer known as Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) he said, "I'm obsessed with why our heroes are not making it past 50." The article suggested that musicians live under too much stress and pressure. Questlove said, "To make it [as a musician], you have to desensitize yourself and be a robot. I'm 60 percent human and 40 percent machine." And then in an especially telling quote, he confessed, "We gotta live different …. I wanna be old. This is a wake-up call like no other." [1]

We gotta live different. We can all feel like we are more robot than human. That is the call we take up today as we continue in our series entitled: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.

Today – we come to what underlies all emotional maturity…which is the nature of love.

The significance of love is not referring to merely a romantic or sentimental sense of love…but to the power that defines our existence… and our relationships.

Listen to what the Scriptures teach us… as the Apostle John declares…

1 John 4:7, 9-11, 16, 19-21 (NIV)

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him…. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

John is describing the great intersection between true SPIRITUALITY and EMOTIONAL MATURITY.

God bears love… it is his very nature… and if we truly respond to that love… then we will begin to love like God.

As we discover a genuine relationship with God who loves those He created in His image… we will develop genuine mature relationships of love with those He created.

1. Emotional Maturity is Rooted in Love

John makes it clear that love begets love. The call to love does not simply begin within our beings…but flows from God as the initial source of love. We are those created in God’s image…. And ‘God is love.’

Love begets love.

Listen to what the Apostle Paul describes…

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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