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The Perfect Bible Lesson

Read what the Bible says about perfection.

The Perfect Bible Lesson

Scripture is full of references to God’s perfection. We are told that “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just” (Deuteronomy 32:4). We know that God is perfectly faithful (Isaiah 25:1). We acknowledge that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

But there’s a big difference between God’s perfection and our tendency toward perfectionism. Perfectionism is the subtle belief that others will think more highly of us if we are the ideal wife, the expert employee or the model Christian. And yet this isn’t the perfection that Scripture urges us toward.
 

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What Perfectionism Tells Us What the Bible Tells Us

If we do everything well we will be loved

We are already loved
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

If we don’t make mistakes we will be happy

Our happiness lies in the Lord
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

If we’re good at what we do we will be successful and admired

The goal of life isn’t worldly success
If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Matthew 19:21)

We are stronger and safer when we’re in control

God values our faith in Him more than our faith in ourselves
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The Bible tells us that no matter how hard we try, we will never measure up on our own. It’s only through the sacrifice of Christ that we are made holy (Hebrews 10:14). God loves us perfectly—and only in accepting that love can we made complete.

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