1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, — Titus 3:1-5 NIV
When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we experienced a new birth, not physically, but spiritually. At that time, we are or were new babies in Christ. Just as physical babies have to learn to crawl, stand, and walk before they can run, so we must do that spiritually. For a baby to grow and mature, the baby needs a proper diet along with proper care and training. We need the same things as new babies in Christ. The process of growing up spiritually is called renewal. We are being renewed daily as we are led by the Holy Spirit. The more we seek God’s wisdom and the more we allow the Holy Spirit to influence our lives, the faster we will grow. The physical baby grows physically and in time becomes an adult. At some point, our physical growth will reach its limit, whether it be at four feet, five feet, six feet or more. The spiritual baby grows spiritually and matures. That growth is limited only by our willingness to be obedient and exercise spiritually every day. We will never be totally perfected here on earth. So, we must never think that there is not more to learn. If we reach that point, it is pride not perfection. When we become judgmental of others, we need to be reminded that we used to be like that and to some extent, we are still like that and always will be. Any difference in us and the world is because of God’s great love and mercy, not because of any goodness in us. We need to show that same love to others. To do less is to limit what God can do for us and through us.
40 How often they provoked Him in the wilderness,and grieved Him in the desert! 41 Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. — Psalm 78:40, 41 NKJV