Something I have thought about a few times, though not in much depth, is what the difference is, if any, between holiness and perfection. In these moments of reflection about this, I have wondered if we have become obsessed with perfectionism and have transferred those ideas to holiness in order to spiritualize our quest for perfectionism. True God says, “He holy as I am holy,” but what does that mean exactly? If it does mean to be perfect in all I say, do, and think, is that really atainable? Sure we are new creations in Christ, but though redeemed, we are not yet fully separated from the consequences of the fall. If that were the case, women believers would potentially have pleasant feeling child-birthing experiences as opposed to painful ones and so far as I know, that is not the case. And thus I still battle with, and sometimes loose to, my flesh. And sometimes I don’t even realize I have done something to offend God which is, in and of itself, a sin (i.e., not perfect). So could holiness be better defined as living honestly in our relationship with God? Or maybe having a heart after God’s own heart? Or maybe walking humbly with God?
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