Emotional maturity is a basic requirement for a successful life. One of the components of this is a willingness to be accountable for what we say and do. A mature person is able to be honest, admit their mistakes, and not make excuses or blame others. By contrast, emotionally immature people avoid taking accountability, and therefore keep running into the same problems. Emotional maturity is an important part of our Christian character that sets believers apart from others. God does not expect us to be perfect; when we fall short, acknowledging our mistake and moving on keeps us from getting stuck in the problem. Stepping up to the plate and accepting responsibility for our role in how a situation turns out goes a long way in the process of maturing.