Perfection is Not Required

FaithFueled Friday

 

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV) Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

Guided by Misconception

A misconception that I had before I followed Christ was that a requirement of a Christian was to be perfect. Knowing I would never meet up to that standard, rather than strive for perfection I chose to wallow in mediocrity. Today, I can laugh at myself for being so naive and ignorant. In all actuality, Christianity is quite contrary to my misconceptions. God doesn’t want us to be perfect models of an unattainable standard. He wants us for exactly who He and we require us to love Him and love one another. Everything else His son Jesus was sent to conquer. We will never measure up to Jesus (and that is okay), that is why we must go through Him to reach God. The only thing perfect about us is God’s perfect plan for us.

Perfection

Now, He doesn’t want us to be perfect, but  He does want us to be righteous. I define as making the right choice for God. He wants us to be loving, kind, joyful, peaceful and gentle, but these are not the traits of perfection. These are the traits of a well intended happy person which is what God wants for us too, happiness.  Everything else we struggle with, He says to give to Him to deal with. In my opinion, although we do have our struggles that can’t be denied, we do have it pretty easy because God has us covered in every aspect.  God wants to teach us about our sins and then let our sins go. Creating stronger, happier, upgraded versions of ourselves. He is not looking for perfection according to:

Psalm 103:1-4 (NIV) Praise the Lord, my soul;all my inmost being, praise his holy name.Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

Seeing the Truth for Myself

My daughters are beautiful (a little bias), smart, kind and loving little girls most days.  Then there are days they are snarling, ungrateful, mean little girls.  On either day, whether they awaken at their best or worst, I love them no less.  On both days, my goal is to teach them to be active contributing citizens of society.  On good days I praise them and on bad I teach them that the errors of their ways won’t get them their desired results.  Much like my love for my daughters; through God’s grace He loves us for who we are and on our good days.  He praises us an on our bad days and teaches us to help us escape the corruption of the world.

1 John 1:8 (NIV) If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

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On the other side of a fence

Now that I proudly pretend to be a Christian, (I always believed in Christ but didn’t always follow His ways), I will never claim to be perfect.  I proudly admit I struggle with flaws, sins, and transgressions every day. I feel that even though I fight my Father in heaven loves me no less. Anyone who claims to be perfect I believe does not truly know to follow Christ. What would be the point in God sending His Son to die to redeem us for our sins if we were capable of being perfect? Our perfection lies in Christ which our love for Him helps us to strive to attain.

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Was your perception of a Christian before you followed Christ the same as after? Or Do you think that Christian’s are perfect people?

17 comments to Perfection is Not Required

  • Eat and Grow Rich  says:

    My memory does not
    serve me for I have been serving Him for a very long time! ;-0

    • debolton  says:

      That is awesome!

  • Leah  says:

    I have been following Christ for 3 years (I still consider myself a newbie) and continuously struggle with realizing I am never going to be perfect in this life. Thank God for Jesus!

    • debolton  says:

      We’d be lost without Him.

  • Ed  says:

    We all fall short but Praise the Lord for his Grace and Mercy. Amen

  • Allison Rebecca  says:

    So true, I think we all desire to be perfect at times, but what a great reminder that it is not required!

    • debolton  says:

      Not in the least

  • Mihaela Echols  says:

    I’m so thankful for God’s grace on us and how he is working in our hearts.

  • NON-Superwoman  says:

    I used to think the Christian life would be a cake walk. Boy was I wrong! But wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    • debolton  says:

      Considering the rode Jesus trudged; it is a cake walk. You’re right, worth every hard knock 😉

  • Lauren McKinley  says:

    Great post! It’s a harsh reality to outsiders that Christians aren’t perfect. I know I want everyone to view the church in a way that exudes Christ, but the fact of the matter is that we are not Christ. So much of His message is grace and mercy and this shows best in our imperfections.

    • De  says:

      I completely agree it “shows best” in our imperfections.

  • Jed Jurchenko  says:

    Hey De,
    That is such a great illustration of God’s love. I can easily relate to never wavering in love for my kiddos, even on their less than perfect days, and I’m so glad that God’s love for me is steadfast too–I need that kind of love!

    • debolton  says:

      We all need that kin of love and some who haven’t experience it yet. I pray that they do find that love!

    • De  says:

      Yes, we all do and I pray that those who are searching find it too

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