To grow as Christians, we must not be afraid of trouble. Our level of maturity is not linked to how long we have been saved; rather going through situations is what matures us and makes us stronger. The process of maturing hinges on our willingness to let pressure mold and shape us to improve our character, our love, and our relationships. The purpose of tribulation is to authenticate our faith in Christ. To mature, it is essential to depend on God, not on ourselves, to make us more like Him. One sign that we are moving away from immaturity and toward selflessness is that we want to please God instead of ourselves. Trusting in the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out makes this possible.