Perfection in the religious spirit

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Note: This is the second in a series discussing the characteristics of a religious spirit.

Perfectionism is another major component of a religious spirit.

Perfectionists cannot tolerate mistakes or failures in themselves or others. They are constantly sitting in judgment of others because they have a spirit of judgment and criticism that is at work in their own lives. Many times, these people were ridiculed by a parent or loved one; some were never quite "good enough" in the eyes of parents.

Yet, there is a freedom from a spirit of judgment and criticism for the believer who is established on grace and not the law. When grace is received for personal failure it has the tendency to make us gracious and forgiving towards others.

The attitude of the real Christian is always redemptive in nature and forgiving. Our thinking must be that anybody can change if there is honesty and a desire for greater conformity to the image and likeness of Christ. There is no sin or failure -- apart from blasphemy of the Holy Spirit -- that cannot be forgiven. You haven't gone too far for God to forgive you, heal you, change you and bring recovery and restoration to your life.

The more you receive from the Lord for your personal well being the more you will have to give to others. You can only give what you have and if you are a perfectionist, prompted by a religious spirit, you can only give judgment, criticism and condemnation.

John 7:24 "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (KJV)

Luke 6:37-38 "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk notafter the flesh, but after the Spirit." (KJV)