Jesus wants the church to grow up, not just to grow old. The goal of His church is to become more and more like Jesus. To help us mature, God did not only just give us leaders to equip us, God also gave us each other so that we may speak the truth in love to each other. When we speak the truth of Jesus to one another, we grow in Jesus in every aspect of our lives. Rather than living in our childish ways, the Body of Christ can help each other to grow up to become more and more like Christ by speaking the Gospel truth to one another through actions and words.
Our vertical love for God must transform our horizontal love for others. Christ demonstrated His love toward His disciples by dying for them, serving them, caring for them, forgiving and investing in them. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same to one another in Christ.