The Perfection Delusion

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In the western world, we have an unhealthy obsession with being perfect. We obsess with perfection to the point of harm. What is this idea of delusion? Delusion occurs when we look at another person’s success and make that our standard of perfection. When you don’t achieve that delusional perfection standard you are left feeling empty and a failure. The pursuit of perfection drives people mad. Here is a hard fact. When it comes to Christianity, you cannot live a sinless, perfect life without Christ.

Jude 11 provides three examples of people who chose to seek their idea of perfection without God’s wisdom and fell for a delusion of their making. Cain pursued his idea of an acceptable sacrifice, Korah pursued his concept of what God’s leadership should be, and Balaam pursued material wealthy leading himself and others to death.

There is a perfection that one should pursue. Pursue perfection in love. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:18-20).

What should we do with the idea perfection? First, let go of the world’s idea of perfection, the delusion. Second, change your thinking about what failure is or can be because failures are not the end but, lead to success if viewed correctly. Finally, pursue the biblical idea of perfection in love. Love God, love people, love what you do. When you do these things, you can see through delusions and begin pursuing a real standard of perfection.

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