April 28, 2017
As I was taking my daily walk and praying about the message, I heard the word, “Perfectionism” and Matthew 5:48 flashed before my eyes…
When Jesus said, “Be perfect” (Matthew 5:48) He was not pressuring you to perfectionism!
According to Psychology Today, “For the perfectionist, life is an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. It's a fast and enduring track to unhappiness, and perfectionism is often accompanied by depression and eating disorders. What makes perfectionism so toxic is that while those in its grip desire success, they are most focused on avoiding failure…”
Perfectionism is a serious problem and it’s something we all battle at some point. Perfectionism is a form of self-deception working within us that thinks it needs to put forth a better version of the real person we know ourselves to be. Perfectionism is a delusion. Perfectionism makes one feel ashamed for making a mistake, and makes it difficult to learn from the mistake.
Can I be honest? As a recovering perfectionist (who sometimes falls off the wagon), I have to work hard to not fall into the old habits of perfectionism. Truth is, perfectionism is rooted in control. I know many people who feel they must get everything right and continue to strive for an unattainable goal. As a recovering perfectionist, I can assure you God does not expect us to be perfect because He knows we cannot. I could stop right here, but I'm not going to.
We all have flaws and aspects in our life that need to be improved upon. So tell me, who’s in control, the perfectionist or God? Who does a better job? The causes of this emotional disease are complex and vary from person to person. Yet, bottom line behind it is the same- unwilling to trust God.
Matthew 5:48, speaks of being perfect. However, the Greek word translates ‘perfect’ here to mean ‘complete’. Our part in this life is called upon to find our completion in Christ, not in what we do. Yet, rather than finding acceptance in Christ, we hope others will approve of us for our accomplishments. Jesus’ life was an example for us to live from using the resources of the Kingdom of the Heaven so we can mature and grow in our relationship with God.
I have included a short questionnaire on perfectionism to help you see where you fall in the perfectionism areas… Simply click the link for the PDF to open. You can use this test to expose the perfectionism areas of your life by acknowledging you have them, paying attention to them in the future, and surrendering them to the Lord so He can help you. Feel free to save this questionnaire and periodically take it again to see how you are doing.
Something We All Battle
Rev. Dr. Gina Cobb© 2017
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”
SPECIAL WEEKLY SERIES STARTED 4/3/2017
Each week Alicia is posting a new segment in her series: Week Three
Here is the backdrop to why she is doing this:
"Back in 2012 the Lord, through Holy Spirit, began downloading revelation after revelation to me regarding order in the Bible. He began showing me how things were related that I had not heard of (at least not at that time). This series is just one of those that He began revealing to me.
PRELUDE TO WEEK 4 : Zebulun means habitation. The order thus far in this series is praise, reward (recompense), and then habitation. We accept the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts, He becomes our undeserving wage for our sins and our lives, then He becomes a part of us as He begins to dwell (live) within us.
With much love, Alicia.