Is perfectionism good or bad according to the Bible?
So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Whoa, wait a second. Is that verse even from the Bible? It seems to go against everything society, even Christian culture, is screaming in my ears!
I’ve heard so often that perfectionism is a bad thing that I’ve started to believe it. But is pursuing perfection actually morally wrong?
Perfectionism is refusing to accept anything other than perfection. Because of the sinful nature of man, it is impossible for anyone to be perfect in every way. For that reason, perfectionism is absurd. Why only accept perfection when perfection itself is unattainable?
However, we can’t say that perfectionism is inherently evil. Why? Because God is a perfectionist. God is perfect, and He accepts nothing less than perfection. We couldn’t live lives according to God’s law, so Jesus lived the perfect live for us and became the ultimate sacrifice by taking our punishment on His shoulders! We no longer have to be perfect to be right with God, but it’s still important for every Christian to try and be more like Jesus.
As Christians, we should acknowledge that we are flawed and are unable to live up to God’s standard. At the same time, we should strive towards perfection out of love and gratitude for Jesus.
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16
The less sin in our lives, the clearer we can see God.
Seek perfection because God is perfection.