by Fenton Moorhead


Sunday Morning, May 31, 1992

GAL 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand
firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a
yoke of slavery (legalistic perfectionism).

GAL 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not
use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one
another in love.

GAL 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love
your neighbor as yourself."

GAL 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ.

(See Romans 13:8-10)

The paralysis of perfectionism.

Trying to maintain the approval of God, others, or self, by
maintaining a perfect performance.

A subtle trap.

Leads to emphasizing appearances and ignoring the inner man.

Leads to pretending we are something we are not, wearing masks.

In perfectionism/legalism, rules take the place of a

In perfectionism there is no such thing as GRACE.

If you grew up in a home where you were expected to abide by the
rules, but little warmth, love, and encouragement were given,
you were taught that your WORTH was determined by your

If you were not allowed or encouraged to talk about your true
feelings, you were trained in putting on appearances. It's a
shallow way of life and unreal. Everything that God put in us
that yearns for eternity begs for being real, not fake.

Why does God want to set us free from perfectionism?


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