Liberating Grace

Liberating Grace

Lessons from the Good Doctor

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Do you ever feel guilty when you relax, knowing you've got a lot to do? Do you often feel dissatisfied or discontent with yourself or your situation? Do you have a tendency to see something wrong with things rather than what's right? Do you ever find yourself using phrases like: "I have to... I must.. I ought to... I should be able to..."? Do you ever feel frustrated or maybe even angry at God feeling that His expectations on you are unreasonable? Does your relationship with God seem like a burden rather than a blessing?   If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, you are probably afflicted with perfectionism.    Galatians 3:3 says, "You began your life in Christ by the Spirit.  Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power?  This is foolish."    drPHIL suggests that perfectionism affects our initiative, relationships and happiness in a negative way.  Have you ever been affected in some negative way by perfectionism?   Did it harm your initiative, relationships or happiness?   drPHIL used the word RELAX to outline some ways to apply God’s grace as a way to move away from perfectionism.  Realize nobody’s perfect. Enjoy God’s unconditional love. Let God handle things. Act in faith not fear. Exchange my perfectionism for God’s peace.   Do you find any of these applications difficult?   What advice would you offer to someone who is a perfectionist?
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Do you ever feel guilty when you relax, knowing you've got a lot to do? Do you often feel dissatisfied or discontent with yourself or your situation? Do you have a tendency to see something wrong with things rather than what's right? Do you ever find yourself using phrases like: "I have to... I must.. I ought to... I should be able to..."? Do you ever feel frustrated or maybe even angry at God feeling that His expectations on you are unreasonable? Does your relationship with God seem like a burden rather than a blessing?   If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, you are probably afflicted with perfectionism.    Galatians 3:3 says, "You began your life in Christ by the Spirit.  Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power?  This is foolish."    drPHIL suggests that perfectionism affects our initiative, relationships and happiness in a negative way.  Have you ever been affected in some negative way by perfectionism?   Did it harm your initiative, relationships or happiness?   drPHIL used the word RELAX to outline some ways to apply God’s grace as a way to move away from perfectionism.  Realize nobody’s perfect. Enjoy God’s unconditional love. Let God handle things. Act in faith not fear. Exchange my perfectionism for God’s peace.   Do you find any of these applications difficult?   What advice would you offer to someone who is a perfectionist?
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