Being perfect is tough work, trust me, I know.
Being perfect is tough because we live in an imperfect world, just becoming serviceable is pretty tough in this pit.
Christianity has some pretty high ideals: love, forgiveness, grace, charity, sacrifice. We all love those things being shown to us, but when we are asked to do it for others is when we flip.
We make some progress, we slip, we progress, we slip, we get frustrated, we quit, we pull ourselves back up, we progress, we slip, we slip, we get discouraged.
This whole thing is quite tiring and has even caused some to quit and just chuck it for fleshly pleasure.
It is said that for a person to achieve mastery of any skill, 10,000 hours of dedicated practice is needed. That’s a lot. Patience is the word. Seeing the guitar master play an awesome tune is inspiring, we pluck a few strings and give up in desperation. “There’s no way I can do that.”
Growth in Christ is the same thing. It’s another “skill” that requires practice. I know, the Spirit is the one who grants everything we need, but putting it into effect requires something on our part, what Paul referred to as “bringing the body under subjection.”
It takes a long time. Frustration merely shows how highly we view ourselves. Faith in Christ and in His work should be marked by patience. “Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Be patient with the expectations you have for yourself, and especially with those you have for others. Growth takes time. Be patient. Plants grow out of a dead seed, but that plant doesn’t grow to maturity over night.
I write this for me!