Steps that all must take
How are you growing?
The life of the Holy Spirit is like a seed that has been planted within us, and it grows in clear stages. Just like any seed, it needs to be watered, nourished, and given the right conditions to grow. The same goes for the life of the Holy Spirit within us. It needs to be nurtured, fed, and given the right environment to flourish.
The first stage of the growth of the life of the Holy Spirit is the stage of conversion. This is the stage where we turn away from sin and turn towards God. We recognize our need for God's forgiveness, and we ask for His mercy. We begin to develop a personal relationship with God, and we start to see the world through His eyes.
Abiding in Him
The second stage is the stage of growth. This is the stage where we deepen our relationship with God, and we start to bear fruit. We develop virtues such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We start to use our gifts and talents to serve others, and we become more generous and compassionate.
In this stage, we attain a level of spiritual maturity where we are fully conformed to the image of Christ. We are able to love God and our neighbor with a pure heart, and we experience a deep sense of inner peace and joy. We are able to discern God's will with clarity and live in complete obedience to His commands. Our faith becomes unshakeable, and we are able to persevere through trials and sufferings with a firm hope in God's promises.