Converts must grow in grace. They must grow out of the period of “milk” into that of “strong meat.” They must grow in knowledge, in love, and in self-control. They must grow out of morbid self-introspection into self-forgetfulness and charity. They must come out of the old bonds and into the new freedom. There is a pseudo-growth in grace against which they must be warned. Its indications are self-will and caving in, general uncomfortableness, lofty professions, and pharisaic censoriousness. New converts must grow in the grace that is “first pure” and then, and always, “peaceable,” “humble,” and “gentle.”

By J. H. VINCENT

Updated 2023 Nathan Zipfel

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