5 PerfectionismPosted: November 19, 2011
I love this thought from a reader: “[Developing trust] come[s] down to abiding in Him and His love, that is the only way that trust is born… if He makes it alive in us and we abide in Him.”
Perfectionism afflicts many of us as we try to please God or make ourselves righteous by our own effort. We find those efforts never succeed. We try harder and harder but the goal gets higher and higher. At each level we tell ourselves, “That’s not good enough”. Quite frankly, our works are never good enough! We cannot make ourselves righteous or pleasing to God. Our righteousness is found in the blood of Jesus Christ, alone. Jesus said, “No one is good, except God, alone.” (Luke 18:19)
I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:14-15
Yes, we are given a heart of flesh to replace the heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26), and yet, we are continually beset by our sin nature! We will not be totally free until Heaven. In the meantime, our redeemed spirit is in battle with our flesh and vice versa. We want to please God! We want to live righteously, but we often fall short of the mark.
We are pulled into this struggle with our sin nature, thinking that we can somehow win – that we will someday find the final secret of how to overcome all our temptations and weaknesses. This is self-deception. Be deceived no more! The final answer is Heaven! Until then, Romans 7:14-15 still applies to us.
This may sound like bad news. For those of us who have given ourselves over to perfectionism, we may absolutely hate the concept that we are not perfect. However, the truth will win out. What do you hear God telling you about your efforts to please Him?
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