Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.
However, among the mature we do speak a wisdom, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
Brothers, don't be childish in your thinking, but be infants in evil and adult in your thinking.
We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always contending for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.
so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
But solid food is for the mature-- for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him:
Not that I have already reached [the goal] or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
In the Lord I have confidence in you that you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is who is troubling you will pay the penalty.
The LORD is good and upright; therefore He shows sinners the way.
He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.
furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks the path. Even the fool will not go astray.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.