17 Bible Verses About Growing Spiritually


Spiritual growth is an expendable accomplishment; every Christian must grow in spirit because it draws one closer to God.

If you desire to grow spiritually, this article will set the pace for you.

Bible Verses About Growing Spiritually

Spiritual growth is a catalyst for staying closer to God. The following Bible verses will help you to grow spiritually.

 2 Peter 3:18-Growth In Grace

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)

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As believers, it should be noted that the spiritual controls the natural; in other words, whatever happens physically has already taken place in the spiritual realm.

According to this scripture, we are advised to grow spiritually, which will help us function well physically. Our growth in the spiritual also gives us the ability to access the future.

Colossians 1:9-10-Growth In Wisdom

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV)

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What helps a man to grow spiritually is prayers. Jesus on earth involved himself in prayers, not minding who he was(the son of God).

He also encouraged believers to pray without ceasing and never to faint in the place of prayers.

Why is prayer helpful to a man’s spiritual life? Prayer is a communication between God and man; before we have access to communicate with God, there must be an atom of spirituality in us to His realm.

Galatians 5:22-23- Growth Of Spiritual Fruits

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23(ESV)

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Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are spiritual gifts.

Before any man claims to be spiritual, he must first acquire these attributes that make him stand out among the others.

According to this scripture, these spiritual gifts should possess us as believers and help us corms of distractions in our lives.

Matthew 5:6-Growth of Righteousness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Matthew 5:6 (ESV)

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Before a man grows in spirit, he must be someone who tastes Righteousness, which helps a man grow in his relationship with God.

Many are tasty for the wrong things, which might be a taste for power, prestige, wealth, recognition, affection, and firmness.

These are not what the scripture is talking about, but it’s talking about the desire for the knowledge of the truth, which is gods word.

As believers, we should never be misguided about the things of the world. Instead, we should always focus on the things of heaven.

Colossians 1:10-Growth Of Worthiness

So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:10 (ESV)

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In growing or acquiring spiritual growth, walking in the knowledge of the lord is very important.

It is a guide to what we are expected to do, and the knowledge of God will help us please him.

We should never forget what comprises the fruit of the spirit; these involve Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As believers, we need to activate these gifts.

2 Timothy 3:16-17-Growth For Good Works

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17(ESV)

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Many have put it that it is not necessarily essential to study gods word but rather to know. But how can we know God without his word?

This scripture has encouraged us to study his word, which will teach and correct us on certain things.

This verse gives us complete knowledge of what a man requires to grow spiritually. Many believers lack spiritual strength because they are not fully equipped with the knowledge of God, which will teach and guide them on some issues.

1 Peter 2:2-Growth For Salvation

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation

1 Peter 2:2(ESV)

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1 Peter 2:1-25-  Growth For Acceptance

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …

1 Peter 2:1-25 (ESV)

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In other, for us to grow spiritually, there are certain things we need to put away from our lives that might hinder our growth. These involve malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.

The scripture mentioned the newborn infant looking desperately for pure spiritual milk; this is how we should look for spiritual growth that may earn us salvation.

Ephesians 4:15-16-Growth For Love

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:15-16(ESV)

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As believers, whatever we do, we must endeavor to do it to the glory of God. Our spiritual growth lies in the pattern of what God wants us to do at every point of our lives.

Growing in the spirit involves total surrendering to the will and ruling of God’s assignment and living a christlike life with a purposeful understanding of his word.

Psalm 1:1-3-Growth For Purity

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3(ESV)

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Our spiritual life must align with the rulings of God. We are to take counsel on gods word before we can grow in the spirit, there is work we need to do as believers, and others are things we need to get out of our lives.

Believers who want to grow spiritually must not associate with those who gossip or plan evil against others.

According to this passage, believers should be seen as the light that shines for others to use in their darkness.

1 Corinthians 11:1-Growth For Christ-Like Attitude

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)

Paul, in his writing, encouraged believers to follow in his footsteps as he followed Christ. Our spirituality shouldn’t be seen with the stain of any worldly activities.

We should live a christ-like life to the full. Following christ’s footsteps will make us understand the right path to take to grow spiritually.

1 Corinthians 13:1-Spiritual Maturity

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

When we recall how we came into Christianity, and the time we gave our lives entirely to God’s will and direction, we know that adapting was a gradual process.

It took us some time to read the scripture to understand God and his commandment. According to this verse, who and where we are will determine the level of what we can do.

So believers who have come to the knowledge of Christ should likewise endeavor to grow the spirit.

James 1:2-Growth For Perseverance

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

James 1:2 (ESV)

In our spiritual life, we are bound to face temptations and trials of various kinds. But this shouldn’t weigh us down; we should count it all joyfully.

Many may ask why we should count it all joy when we face trials and temptation; we should know that this is just a temptation that is trying to test our level of spirituality in God.

As believers, we should remember that which guides us from being tempted. This involves God giving us a way and not allowing us to be tempted above our ability.

Hebrews 6:1-Growth For Repentance

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Hebrews 6:1(ESV)

As believers, we must leave church doctrine and involve ourselves fully in doing God’s work; this is the level we have come to maturity in Christ.

To grow spiritually, we must leave the aspect of playing church and develop ourselves by studying God’s word to be fully equipped.

Colossians 2:6-7-Rooted Growth

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)

Godly counsel is required for spiritual growth; it requires believers to submit themselves to elders who will equip them with the knowledge and truth about spiritual growth.

Christians who want to grow spiritually must first receive Jesus as the lord and be rooted in him, trusting and having faith in him for all things.

James 1:3-4-Growth For Steadfastness

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:3-4(ESV)

For believers to grow spiritually, they must practice holding fast to God’s commands and letting go of all anxieties.

We should be aware that facing difficulty makes it more challenging to see the apparent path to accomplishing our objectives.

Those are the occasions when we make our most significant life decisions. Either way, we decide, “If God had allowed this to happen to me, I wouldn’t believe Him. If He doesn’t end days like this, I’ll find another person to trust.”

Colossians 3:16-Growth For Gratitude

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:16 

Another way we can grow spiritually is by involving ourselves deeply in God’s word. The word is more powerful than two edges sword; it can kill and make us alive.

Therefore when we dwell on it, it helps build our spirituality and help us grow on daily bases.


Hopefully, the challenge of growing spiritually has been handled in this article.

Help us to know if these verses have inspired you to turn to God for more help, to have more confidence in His presence, and to trust that He will carry you in the journey of spiritual growth.


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