Completely Not Perfect But Perfectly Loved

I scrolled through Facebook the other night before bed. Jeremy was gone. The house was quiet. And I literally found myself saying out loud, “So and so is so perfect. And so is she. And she. Why am I so not perfect?”

Y’all, I named names. Outloud. In our house. The jealousy and frustration were literally boiling over.

I’ve spent the last couple days cleaning vomit and giving medicine and wiping noses. All while feeling like death myself.

And far, far from those “perfect” pictures I let seep into my mind and harden my heart.

The root…I haven’t spent much time with Him lately. I haven’t heard Him remind me of His love. I haven’t cried out to Him and let Him comfort me.

Lately Jesus’ perfect life hasn’t seemed like enough for my imperfect one.

“When Jesus is gracious to us, why would we be cruel to ourselves.” (Ann Voskamp)

Admitting I’m not perfect is one thing. But condemning myself when I’ve been justified is another.

He was perfect so I don’t have to be. He sees me and loves me…grace upon grace.

“He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.” (Psalm 78:39)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

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2 comments

  1. Beautifully true …. and freeing!
    The enemy loves to isolate God’s people and tell them they are the “only one that struggles in this or that way….” “the only one that was forgotten….” “things will never change….”
    And God’s Word tell us “God has given us mighty weapons to pull down strongholds, cast down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against God, bringing every thought into captivity to the OBEDIENCE of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
    Thanks be to God who did not leave His children without defense!
    He is our Shield and Protector, our very present HELP in times of trouble (including the thought and emotional life!), and His Word is our Sword!
    Had a “battle” last week very similar – and my gracious God, King, and loving Father delivered! Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement!
    Love you, friend!
    Velvet

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