If you want to become a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to become a lawyer, you go to law school.
But the truth is, no one sends us to school to become emotionally mature. However, if we want our relationships to be healthy and fruitful, emotional maturity is actually a key component we must be committed to work on continually in our lives.
Simply put, emotional maturity is emotional sobriety. It is living in such a way that our emotions are not swept up in traumas, triggers, coping mechanisms, addictions and more.
In this episode of Therapy and Theology, Lysa TerKeurst, her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theology and Research, Joel Muddamalle, talk about the signs, symptoms and cures for emotional immaturity and how we can “Be alert and of sober mind” (1 Peter 5:8), to really experience the fulfillment found in healthy relationships, secured in emotional maturity.
After this episode, you will be equipped to:
- Apply healthy coping mechanisms in your reactions and responses when your emotions get hijacked by past or present trauma.
- Learn the secret to experiencing the peace of Christ every single day by clothing yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
- Embrace the freeing truth and encouragement that a journey of growing in emotional maturity is not marked by perfection but progress.
Friend, we pray this conversation blesses you with encouragement and practical wisdom wherever you are in your journey today!
- Gain healthier ways to process your pain and learn to see your situations through truth-based perspectives with Lysa TerKeurst’s new devotional, Seeing Beautiful Again: 50 Devotions to Find Redemption in Every Part of Your Story. Get your copy here.
- Here’s a list of some signs of emotional maturity or sobriety mentioned in this episode: Be committed to healthy habits, not unhealthy coping mechanisms, operate in self-awareness, own your stuff and take responsibility for your actions without saying “but you…” and blaming, express empathy, admit your mistakes and confess them, steer clear of judgement, practice and enforce healthy boundaries, seek first to understand before you’re understood by saying “help me understand…”
- Ready to take the next step in finding a Christian counselor? Here’s a good place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances: the American Association of Christian Counselors.
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