Faith apart from works is barren. (James 2:20 NRSV)
If we are not growing in our relationship with Christ, it is probably because we are not paying the price of loving one another. The child in the nursery who does not accommodate himself or herself to others remains emotionally immature. So it is within the family of Christ. When we take responsibility for a ministry of encouragement and inclusion, we find ourselves becoming more like the Master.
"For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love," (2 Peter 1:5-7).
God of peace, may your love empower me to love with mutual affection. Amen.