An Open Letter To The "Perfect Christian"

An Open Letter To The "Perfect Christian"

You don't have to be perfect, you are already worth it.

Every Christian will tell you that they aren't perfect, but some people love to act like they are. They sit on the church pew and sing every word to every song, will speak to you like you're besties at the Mexican restaurant after church, and are in the church every time the doors open. Some of these people are genuinely good people seeking to further God's kingdom, but some people can push long time Christians and potential Christians away with their actions.

I am not perfect, and neither are you.

I know, it may come to a surprise to some people... I may be stepping on a few toes. Sorry. But the closest thing to the perfect christian isn't someone who walks around and acts like the best thing since sliced bread, but the person who knows they need Jesus. I am so so far from perfect, and I know I am. I mess up all the time. But guess what? God loves us despite our imperfections. You, me, my mom, my dad, even the cashier at the grocery store- no matter what. Even responsible people commit sins, and that is part of being responsible sometimes (at least in my mind). Some Christians think they're near perfect because they go to church every week, spend time with the Lord, and may even implement some random acts of kindness. I agree with that. However, it is those same people who always have something to say about what Kristina wore to church that day, or what Brad did on Saturday night. It's comments like those that push potential Christians away. A christian who is only active in the church once a month but treats people with sincere kindness is the person I would rather have in my life.

God wants to make us one with Himself.

I honestly believe that God wants us to strive for perfection, but knows we will fall short of His expectations. He wants us to be like Jesus was, but Jesus was made perfect through his suffering on the cross that night. That was the night the true meaning of the word "perfection" was achieved. Sometimes things go wrong in our lives and we question why the Creator of all things good would allow something bad to happen to us. If we strive to be just like Him, why punish us? I recently had a thought that made perfect sense. If God allowed his own PERFECT son to be bruised and beaten, why not bruise us a little bit? It isn't like we don't deserve it. Bad things do happen to good people, because it is God's will for that to happen.

Christian perfection does not equal human perfection.

Christian perfection can be the perfection of a relationship with God that stays true all the time- even through the unimportant parts of human life. Sometimes I feel like everyone in my life has a perfectly consistent life. Meanwhile, I am over here trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my life, and everything just seems to be so inconstant and pointless. But I know that through my own human perfections, I will never be able to meet the standards that God has for me- so I have to trust His will. We are called to be in a perfect relationship with God so that we can point others to Jesus, and so we want to point others to Jesus because our relationship is THAT awesome. God uses imperfect people every day to impact people's lives.

God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. And I am going to let Him do what He wants.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Why Would A Good God Bless Your Enemies?

The people that have hurt me need my authority to control me.


You know that feeling you get in your heart when you're scrolling on IG and you see what appears to be happiness on the face of someone who has hurt you, betrayed you, talked about you, stirred negativity in your life or forsaken you?

You know that feeling of uneasiness in your stomach when they post about their new promotion? or job offer or new home? Or maybe a caption they used that completely contradicts the version of them you've experienced?

I don't believe it's unjustified to not want to immediately clap for them when you see them getting blessed. I think that makes sense that when you see someone who has hurt you in the past being happy that you might feel to get defensive. Because why should they be happy and be blessed when they mistreated me?

Why would God bless them with this guy that completely fits 'my type' description or something I wanted when they mistreated me? Why does it seem like God allowed this to be set up in such a way that I HAD to see them get blessed after they hurt me? What kind of God does that?

A good, good father is the kind of God that does that.

I encourage you to drop your guard right now and let this word of encouragement live in your life. You know how many times I've been placed in these situations with being mistreated and watching them get blessed or watching God give someone something I wanted? Too many to remember. Why would He do this?

So you can be free.

God wanted my heart to be free because "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8). He didn't want my heart to have to live at the mercy of what the people around me. He didn't want my heart to have to live at the mercy of what things I have or don't have. He didn't want me to have to live at the mercy of what was in His hand.

He wanted my heart to be pure so that I can see Him. When I see Him then I'm able to hear Him, see how He wants to use me and perform my part in His will.

As God, in his goodness, has wrestled with me to get this understand I have gained this indescribable freedom in the face of people that have mistreated me, betrayed me, talked about me, attempted to speak negativity over me or forsaken me. I've decided to live by what God says to me so when I see people win I can cheer for them now even if they have hurt me.

I LIVE in this, therefore, Haters can't have my heart because it belongs to God. I refuse to allow anyone hating on me to have my heart. I refuse to live in bitterness and allow my mood or perspective to be set by negativity because my heart belongs to God.

So even when someone talks about me and I see them win, envy and revenge can't have my heart because my heart belongs to God. So when an opportunity comes to have fear, it can't have my heart because it belongs to God.

So when you do me wrong, or try to incite me to get upset or try to come out of character by playing dirty, I'm going to LIVE by what God said because you can't have me. You can't have my heart. You can't have my joy or my peace. You can't have my faith.

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