Do you struggle with perfectionism?
Are you constantly beating yourself up for not doing enough?
Paul wrote the Galatians this letter: (in chapter 5 he refers to “circumcision” but I replaced that word in parenthesis to help you see, as females, the things we struggle with.)
“Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on (your obedience) to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being (perfect), you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by (obeying) keeping the law (perfectly), you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 6For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being (perfect) or being (self-righteous). What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another."
What does Paul say is more important to God than perfect obedience? (Hint: look at verse 6)
What does ‘expressing our faith in love’ look like to you?
What or Who keeps you from following the Truth (believing God’s promises and trusting in His grace)?
How are we supposed to use our “freedom”?
As young ladies, how does the world tell us to treat one another? Is there “biting, devouring, or destroying one another going on? Have you seen any of the “Real Housewives” or “Kardashian” shows? How do they treat each other? Is that reality?
What has been your experience with “girlfriends” back from elementary, middle, or high school days? Was it always sunshine and unicorns? Did you ever have a mean girl treat you unfairly or make fun of you? Did anyone intentionally try to destroy you?
What would Bloom look life if all of us got along the way God intended us to get along? What would that look like?
You are invited to join us this Sunday night for Leadership Development and let's discuss this issue so that together, we can learn how to create an environment that will be positive and healthy for young women to feel loved and experience more of God's truth, grace and freedom in their own lives.
We meet at 6:30pm at Debra's home at 12124 Lake Fern Drive Jacksonvill, FL 32258 in Waterford Estates. RSVP by emailing BloomwithDeb@gmail.com. Thank you.