I don’t think there is any area of life where women, who want to live “right,” strive for perfection more than in their moral and spiritual life. Working to follow God’s commandments, trying to do more, and comparing our spiritual maturity or gifts can be an internal battle—if we allow it. Can I let you in on a secret I had to discover for myself? Moral and spiritual perfection is impossible! Yet we try to “be good” through our own strength and will instead of allowing God’s grace to cover imperfections.
What a glorious day when we acknowledge that we are sinners, but have God’s redeeming love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Do you allow God’s grace to cover your imperfections and relish in His love and mercy? I have discovered that when He is my focus, I desire to follow His commandments, love, serve, and avoid comparing myself to others.
Deciding to be obedient to God out of love and devotion, can release you from the struggle of trying to be perfect within your own strength. The focus has to be turned from self and toward the heart of Jesus.
For me, when I focus on the following Scriptures, I realize that spiritual perfection is not God’s plan for me and I won’t always get it right.
- Ephesians 1:4
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Guess what? God knew we were not going to be perfect, yet He still loved and accepted us and said He would not hold blame. Isn’t that amazing?
- John 14:15
Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Instead of trying to be “good or perfect,” focus on Ephesians 1 and how much God loves you. You can’t help then, but to want to love Him more and more because of what He has given. When our love for Him becomes the focus, we change. We no longer look at a set of rules to follow or care about how perfect we look. We follow His heart and commandments out of love for Him.
- Philippians 1:6 (My life verse)
Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.
God knew we were not going to be perfect. He created each of us for a special purpose, different from anyone else. Our life and spiritual walk is a journey, not intended to be perfected until the day we see Him. His desire is that we grow in His love and seek Him more each day.
Today, stop trying to get it all right; stop trying to be perfect or like someone else. Fall in love with Jesus and seek Him more. Give up trying to be “good” within your own strength and allow God’s grace to cover your imperfections.