perfectionism

Day 3 | Paper Tigers | Fear-Driven People Pleasing | Galatians 2:11-14

What is a paper tiger?

pa*per ti*ger (noun) - a person or thing that appears threatening but is actually ineffectual.

Galatians 2:11-14 The Message:

“Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. Here’s the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That’s how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that’s been pushing the old system of circumcision. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade. But when I saw that they were not maintaining a steady, straight course according to the Message, I spoke up to Peter in front of them all: ‘If you, a Jew, live like a non-Jew when you’re not being observed by the watchdogs from Jerusalem, what right do you have to require non-Jews to conform to Jewish customs just to make a favorable impression on your old Jerusalem cronies?’” 

Galatians 2:11-14 ESV:

11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Day 2 | Paper Tigers | Fear-Driven Good Behavior |

What is a paper tiger?

pa*per ti*ger (noun) - a person or thing that appears threatening but is actually ineffectual.

Galatians 5:13-15 ESV:

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”

Romans 3:21-26 ESV:

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” 

Romans 3:23-26 The Message:

23-24 “Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

25-26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.”

Day 1 | Paper Tigers | Finding Freedom | Galatians 4:9, 2:19-21

What is a paper tiger?

pa*per ti*ger (noun) - a person or thing that appears threatening but is actually ineffectual.

Galatians 4:9 The Message:

“But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you—how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers?” 

Galatians 2:19-21 The Message:

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

 

Galatians 2:19 -21 ESV.

“19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”

Day 7 | Hands in Action | Hands Rejoicing in Obedience | Psalm 119:41-48

Psalm 119:41-48 ESV:

41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,

    your salvation according to your promise;

42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,

    for I trust in your word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

    for my hope is in your rules.

44 I will keep your law continually,

    forever and ever,

45 and I shall walk in a wide place,

    for I have sought your precepts.

46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings

    and shall not be put to shame,

47 for I find my delight in your commandments,

    which I love.

48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,

    and I will meditate on your statutes.

John 14:15 ESV:

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments."

James 1:25 ESV:

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

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