On the Discernment of Desire

Spiritual growth requires facing one’s desires and countering one’s fears with faith.

Readership: Christians
Author’s Note: This post has had some input from RedPillApostle. His contributions are indicated in blue.
Length: 2,700 words
Reading Time: 10 minutes

In a previous post, Dealing with Discernment (2021-09-17), I recounted a number of thoughts, feelings, and impressions I had after experiencing an increase in discernment. Such impressions are not very well subject to rational criticism on the basis of doctrinal consistency. Instead, these impressions were intended to convey some of the challenges and issues of confusion that arise from having a sudden increase in discernment. I had another impression which I did not cover in that post but will cover here. I must emphasize that this particular issue caused me years of confusion, and a few trips through hell and back.

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd performs Comfortably Numb (Originally written in 1978; Performed live in Pompeii in 2016)

Discernment Increases Desire

All my life, I had had the impression that desire was an antagonist to faith, obedience, and contentment. Every book I read on Christian Living, every sermon I heard, only reinforced this belief.

When I was ~25-28 years old and in graduate school (ca. 1997-2000), I experienced some discernment of the nature I described in last week’s post and more as follows. As I noted in last week’s post, the experience is profoundly confusing and deeply troubling.

One of the things I experienced when my discernment started to improve (which I did not include in last Friday’s post), is that I felt intense desire. It was so intense that it made me feel impulsive, self-centered, and childish.

In addition to the challenge of facing my desires, I also felt more sexually aroused, and it seemed like I faced intense temptation everywhere I went. Every time I went out in public, I was getting IOI’s from women.* Also, I felt like my ability to resist this temptation was considerably reduced. I felt like my sexuality had a life of its own, and I was uncomfortable with this because it made me feel vulnerable. Sometimes I was afraid to leave the house because I didn’t know what might happen. But even then, women would come knocking on my door, and if I let them in, sooner or later they revealed an expectation of sexual relations. Some of them were quite forward in their suggestiveness, taking off their clothes and/or inviting me to the bedroom.

I thought that this increased temptation and a perceived reduction of self-control indicated that I was going the wrong direction in my spiritual life. In other words, I thought I was “backsliding”. So because I didn’t really know what was happening to me, I rejected the whole spiritual posture of discernment and “ran the other way” within my internal nous paradigm.

Desire is a Sign of Life

20 years and two marriages later, I went to see my pastor to discuss conflict in my marriage (ca. 2018). My pastor was a Buddhist before he became a Christian, and he told me that I was essentially a Buddhist. I was surprised to hear this, because I grew up in a Baptist church and I never had any interest in Buddhism. I asked him why he thought so. He said that my view of desire was a fundamental Buddhist belief — that desire must be controlled, contained, and eliminated if possible, in order to achieve inner peace. In other words, Comfortably Numb.

Over the following months of counseling, I experienced an increase of discernment (ca. 2019-2020) as I mentioned in last week’s post. Similar to what I had experienced in graduate school, I felt strong desire, endured a lot of temptation, more impulsive, self-centered, childish, lower self-control, and so on. But instead of recognizing these changes as evidence of “backsliding”, my pastor helped me see that I was “coming alive”, and this naturally induced an awareness of the fragility of life, manifested as an internal sense of insecurity and a fear of wrongdoing.

[Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3-4 (NASB)

In addition to my pastor telling me this profound interpretation of my internal state, during my quiet moments, I felt that God was saying to me, “What do you want? Try Me. Ask Me.” When faced with this question, I realized that I didn’t really know what I wanted, because I had made a lifelong habit of micromanaging all my desires in order to force myself into conforming to what I thought was right behavior. After sitting on this question for a while, I found that I was afraid to ask God for anything, because I thought it would not turn out the way I expected, or in some cases, that it would turn out the way I expected. I was stuck in a mindset of frustration, and I realized that I didn’t trust God as much as I had always believed.

It took me a long while to learn that desire is an intrinsic part of discernment, and to accept the fact that this desire is not evil — it is a sign of life! Furthermore, I couldn’t keep avoiding the problem of desire; I had to accept this and deal with it. I had to integrate my desires into my persona, examine the motivations and consequences, trust God with whatever I find, and thereby become authentic in my self-expression.  I needed to allow my desire to manifest and undergo this process of refinement through God’s discipline, and come under the authority of the Holy Spirit. By going through this crucible of faith, I am one step closer to finding an authentic exercise of authority in my life, my home, and my marriage.

Moreover, I was wrong in my self-assessment earlier in life. Now, I understand that the reaction I took in graduate school was essentially the equivalent of clinging to foolishness,** and I regret rejecting discernment because of my confusion and lack of self-awareness in terms of how God works in the life of a believer. This was a repentance that took a long time in coming. (~20 years!)

* I don’t know if some spiritual quality related to my discernment was what attracted those IOI’s or if this state of heightened sensitivity simply made me aware of them. Readers may wish to explore this question in the comments.
** The opposite of discernment and the wisdom that accompanies it, is foolishness by Biblical definition. Knowing this now and looking back, it is not surprising that my faith didn’t mature very much during this time.

Life is borne out of Desire

NovaSeeker and I addressed this kind of experience in the post, Viewpoints on Man’s Confusion about How God Works in the Life of a Believer (2021-03-29). NovaSeeker wrote,

“…the central Christian concept of sin and grace is that one’s prodigality is a function of one being alive.”

This is the “ugly” part of the gospel that no one ever talks about. Nobody will explain this because of the obvious implications, and it’s really difficult to talk or write about this without hearing accusations of “lawlessly usurping grace”, or being branded hedonistic or even heretical. I am sure this vacuum of teaching on the subject is exactly why I never realized this fundamental aspect of faith and the gospel until late in life.

Satan and his minions take advantage of this vacuum by presenting desire as a dark, forbidden, secret, sin-drenched pleasure, something far from holiness. But this is not the entire truth. Desire is as much related to holiness as it is to sin. In fact, one way to define sin is anything that kills a desire that would otherwise be used to glorify God in its expression, and provide a vehicle of inspiration to a life of holiness. Satan recognizes that he can deter people from living a life of holy desire by overemphasizing the sin aspect and playing on people’s fear of sin, guilt, and shame.

In a sense, Satan is correct in saying that desire is evil. All of our actions, even those we think of as being upright and good, are actually tainted with sin to the point of being a stench to God. However, this is the basis for the absolute beauty of the gospel.  I missed the fullness of this beauty until the Holy Spirit moved my heart to realize that being dead in sin really means what it says.  We are in a lifeless state, unable to do anything of our own volition to seek God which means that it is God, as the good shepherd, who seeks His lost sheep.  It means that the gift is bestowed on us even though all we do in life is tainted with sin.  While we are frustrated by how easily we fall into our sin and by how much we actually like it, because God is the one who calls us and because His promises are good, we don’t have to bear the ultimate burden of our performance.  This is simultaneously the most humbling and freeing concept in existence.  There is nothing ugly about it.

This misaligned concept of desire and the accompanying fear of sin is firmly entrenched within Christian circles and doctrines. It is reinforced by Biblical passages, and backed with sound reason.  But thinking primarily in terms of sin rather than glorification would indicate that fear, guilt, or shame remains outstanding. To be honest, it is too easy to focus on the fear, “What if I sin…?”, and the resulting shame and ignominy, and cling to this fear so firmly that one neglects the opposing aspect of “What if I could find a new Life in Christ?” Ultimately, we choose to cling to our fears, rather than seeking out and developing the Life that our faith in Christ might deliver ourselves.

Coming to embrace the fact that desire is a fundamental feature of human nature, and facing desire within ourselves as men, is quite insightful, even liberating.  We should accept our desires and urges as being God given and good.   The misapplication of those desires is what we should reject as this is sinful.  Most people have not internalized what this means for their lives and because of this, they misunderstand the gospel.

As for desire, I am convinced that desire in men is natural and good.  Seeing a nearly naked woman on the beach can stoke that desire, which is a natural reaction, but as long as I don’t start imagining ways to obtain that woman (covetousness aspect of lust), this is part of life as a man that I now accept.  If we were to, correctly, I believe, address lust as a sin of coveting that which is not yours instead of defining it as sexual desire, we’d be more aligned with scripture and with how God created us.  To covet is a sin of actively trying to possess someone else’s belonging(s), whether that is in thought or deed, not of admiring that belonging.

BTW, in my previous post, I mentioned that I regretted many things, mostly opportunities in life. In comprehending the phrase, “I regret missing out on opportunities”, some readers might think I am referring to opportunities to indulge myself in various forms of debauchery and sin. No, I mean I regret missing out on the opportunities to develop my confidence/faith/trust and humility, to find a full life in Christ sooner in life, and having the discernment to recognize and make better choices in life.

What does it mean to be Obedient?

In the post cited above, NovaSeeker described the Eastern Orthodox perspective on this issue, which I found to be inspiring. (Coming from an evangelical background, I had never known that a major Christian sect addressed this topic from a doctrinal viewpoint.)

“The Eastern Orthodox perspective on dealing with the archetypical problems of “prodigal” and “non-prodigal” is to avoid both by cultivating holiness instead.”

Protestant ministers would phrase this as, “You need to love God more.” But because of my faith background, I had always assumed that “loving God more” meant to be “more obedient”, according to John 14:15.

15 “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments.

Looking back, I see that my misinterpretation of obedience was based on the Protestant concept of obedience as consisting primarily of conscious acts of the will. The role of the Holy Spirit (concerning obedience in this case) is not emphasized in Protestant doctrines and sermons. But reading on, we find that the Holy Spirit is mentioned specifically.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper who will be with you forever. 17 That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it doesn’t see or know Him. You know Him, because He lives with you and will be in you.

As I became more familiar with “allowing” myself to experience the increased desire and temptation that accompanied my discernment, I realized that the worst of my fears never came to pass. Just as verses 16-17 state, whenever I was in such a situation, there was like an “envelope” around me that kept those things from happening. And it wasn’t just me — my personality, or any effort on my behalf to create personal boundaries. People (i.e. women) were overjoyed to be around me, but somehow, they knew there was some boundary there that must be observed if they were to continue to enjoy my fellowship. I can only conclude that this is the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the previously cited post, NovaSeeker goes on to describe the practice of holiness.

“In Eastern Orthodox spiritual practice, a great emphasis is placed on the practice of vigilance or watchfulness (“nepsis” following 1st Peter 5:8), which involves maintaining a stance of alertness and attentiveness to one’s thoughts and the focus of one’s “nous” (described below) so as to avoid patterns/strands/chains/cycles of thought that can lead, eventually, to strongholds of bondage and/or difficult temptations to sin in various ways, which run the gamut from sins of pride, to avarice, to greed, to lust, to anger, and the like. All of these begin with thoughts, and with the help and grace of the Spirit, we can get better over time at identifying the kinds of thoughts and thought chains/dynamics that lead to them (e.g. buying into false narrativesdeceptiondenial of the truthdishonestyfalse convictionsfearidolatryinsecurity, lying, psychological displacementpsychological dissociationpsychological projection, shame, solipsism, etc.).”

An increase in discernment, which is absolutely necessary for one to attain spiritual maturity, requires us to face our innermost desires, and this naturally involves the intensification of desire and temptation. Yes, when desire manifests there is perhaps a greater possibility for certain kinds of sin to occur. But we must learn to trust that the likelihood of sin actually occurring is controlled by the Holy Spirit. The fear of sin must be squelched, because by faith, we believe Christ has overcome sin and the grave. The fear of trusting God with the outcome must be contained, because by faith, we believe Christ loves us and will see us through.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Exit Questions

  1. What does your innermost heart desire?
  2. How have you dealt with the problem of desire? Religiosity, licentiousness, or faith?
  3. How did you manage to trust God with your desire?
  4. How has God rewarded your desire?

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11 Responses to On the Discernment of Desire

  1. Ed Hurst says:

    Good one, Jack. We struggle with biblical Hebraic thoughts written in Greek and translated into English, because we bring to it all the pagan assumptions upon which Western Civilization is built — the Greco-Roman and Germanic folks were pagans. The focus on preventing sins is missing the forest for the trees, when the proper focus is knowing and embracing who you are in the Kingdom. The latter puts you in a place for God to pour out miracles; you aren’t alone.

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  2. Lastmod says:

    Too deep and over my head here on this one.

    In a fit of anger, tears, and frustration sometime in 2015…… I finally asked myself, “What do YOU want?” I understood that I wanted a better job. I wanted to actually do things again besides sit in bible study, sit in men’s group, sit in church, perform my street ministry…….. My whole life for almost ten years at the point had revolved only and solely at church….. or church related stuff (AA meetings, NA meetings, special events at the church). I danced back then, and that was frowned upon by just about everyone I knew there.

    Within a year…. after church was neatly put into the wastebasket, I was hiking and camping again. My dancing improved vastly. My plans to go to the UK were forming. I hired a career coach for two sessions (ugh… that was expensive, and I was still working part-time), and had him give me HONEST answers of what I had to do to jump start myself back into a more professional career. (They were not hard solutions, they were practical…. but it would require me to get few other things done. I decided… UK first, then this.) I dusted off my mixer, and began to practice DJ-ing again. I even met someone online who wanted to practice. Totally different styles of musical tastes we had, but I learned a ton from him, and he was kind. Fun. Friendly. Wanted to teach… no ulterior motives.

    Dating / female companionship / sex was already a dead corpse I had been trying to revive since I was in college…. and before. I had wasted a billion tears on this, anger, frustration, jealously, and depression was the norm out of this. I was 45 years old at the time. Enough time, resources, energy, brain power had already been wasted on this for absolute zero. I had no desire to get better with women or try to date, or anything else. I figured by that point… I had just about wasted my whole life on this. I decided what I wanted to do, and it was going to be without them. They all wanted someone else anyway; they could have him now without me “messing it up for her” or “wasting her time”.

    I don’t think or believe things we desire are evil per say…. but they can lead to behaviors that probably are not too good for your faith or standing in “civil society” (out there or on social media).

    Also too…. many things we desire…….. sometimes we just cannot attain or have, no matter what we do. Maybe its gaining some wisdom of age… or what you mentioned in the post above Jack. In the Christian sense…. I learned that the “gift of discernment” is something not everyone has. If you do indeed have this gift, please use it properly on fellow believers or your wife or students…… I have seen too many gifts from God that Christians brag that they have….. and their gift becomes pride and then it doesn’t really help anyone. 🙂

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    • Red Pill Apostle says:

      “…my whole life for almost ten years at the point had revolved only and solely at church….. or church related stuff (AA meetings, NA meetings, special events at the church). I danced back then, and that was frowned upon by just about everyone I knew there.”

      This gives me flashbacks about the church I grew up in. Your comment on dancing rings especially true.

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      • Lastmod says:

        Not saying “church was a waste”, because it did put routine into my life after the drugs and drink. It did help me focus on the basics — clean up my debt and do my job (part time janitor / front desk guy) better than anyone else. I am glad church was a flixture when my mother passed. I had only been clean and sober for a few years at that point, the routine of it did help prevent from falling back into that.

        But with that said… it seemed……. that my fellow believers only saw me as a former addict. They never saw me as a man, or someone who had potentials. They froze me out of any possible leadership, or growing of skills… and at the same time, telling me everything was on “His time” while also telling me and other men we were “lazy, didn’t want to step up, didn’t want to grow”. (Well, I was never allowed to.) I can’t explain it without derailing this whole post by making it “personal”.

        Desires are not evil… but making it solely on the sex act or about that, or linking the word “desire” to that perhaps is doing it a disservice.

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    • Jack says:

      Lastmod,

      “My whole life for almost ten years at the point had revolved only and solely at church….. or church related stuff (AA meetings, NA meetings, special events at the church). I danced back then, and that was frowned upon by just about everyone I knew there.

      Within a year…. after church was neatly put into the wastebasket, I was hiking and camping again. My dancing improved vastly. My plans to go to the UK were forming. I hired a career coach for two sessions…”

      It seems like church had a deleterious effect on your faith. I can understand what this is like, because I’ve had the same experience. Either you have to squeeze yourself into the “church box” image and lifestyle, or else you can explore life on your own terms and feel a little guilty about being a prodigal for neglecting church attendance. It seems like there are no good options, but in fact, this is what NovaSeeker was referring to in this sentence.

      “…the central Christian concept of sin and grace is that one’s prodigality is a function of one being alive.

      I don’t think you are as “lost” as you think. That’s just part of the Christian experience.

      I do believe part of the problem is church itself. Church is not what it is supposed to be. The typical church goer is more interested in getting a sense of acceptance and belonging from “church box” fellowship than anything related to the will of God.

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  3. Lastmod says:

    Let me add, I was hiking and camping with my Boy Scouts… but it was a TON of work. Doing this for my own enjoyment was at zero.

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  4. RIchardP says:

    @Jack said:

    “I thought that this increased temptation and a perceived reduction of self-control indicated that I was going the wrong direction in my spiritual life.”

    Here is some perspective on that, and other thoughts like it that folks have. Jack, if this takes the conversation in a direction different than what you want, feel free to not post this and the next one. And I typed this outside of WordPress and then copied and pasted. Hopefully the formatting holds up.

    Distinguishing between two end results of sin.

    “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. […] For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” ~ Romans 7:15-20 — Paul the redeemed speaking.

    In Romans 7 and 8, Paul the redeemed talks about the constant warfare between his old sinful nature and his new nature. He states that with his mind he serves the law of God, but with his flesh (sinful nature) he serves the law of sin (Romans 7.25). In 1st John, John tells us to stay away from sin; but if we sin, there is someone who will plead for us before the Father — His name is Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1-2).

    Consider the following two statements:

    ** “God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful evil men who push away the truth from them…” (Romans 1:18)

    ** “…because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath… For those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger ~ (Romans 2:5-8)

    Now consider again what John said:

    ** I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. ~ (1 John 2:1-2)

    There is obviously a distinction made between the end results of sin: one end result is trouble and distress for all who do evil (Romans 2:5-8); the other end result is someone to plead for us before the Father (1 John 2:1-2). It seems that this distinction between the end results of sin is based, not on what the sin is, but on why it is present in our lives.

    For those to whom God shows anger, the problem does not seem to be so much that people have sinned as it is that people are resisting the Holy Spirit’s call to repentance. It is not the act that separates man from God so much as it is the attitude.

    If it is not possible for people to become perfect by not sinning, then “whether sin” becomes a much less important issue than “why sin”. What was the intent that led to the sin? Was it a conscious decision to turn away from God (Satan’s alleged attempt to be equal to, rather than subject to, God; Eve’s conscious decision to disobey and eat the forbidden fruit; a person’s willful decision to avoid any circumstances in which they might learn what God expects of them). Contrast the intent there with the intent during a sudden, unanticipated turn of events (Peter’s denial of Christ three times in one night; Adam suddenly being confronted with a wife who had already thrown her future away (she ate first); any individual who is faced with a sudden decision and makes the “wrong” choice).

    As noted above, one of the points that the New Testament makes is that a “sinner” is not condemned because he sins. He is condemned because he refuses to respond to the Holy Spirit’s call to repent and seek forgiveness from his sins, and because be refuses to utilize the power of God that could help him to “go his way and sin no more”. The act that separates man forever from God is not a specific lie, a specific steal, a specific cheat, a specific murder. The act that separates man forever from God is a specific refusal to follow the Holy Spirit’s urging and request God’s forgiveness — a specific refusal to submit one’s life to the will and rule and authority of God.

    It is helpful to recognize that we are dealing with two issues here: There is sin, which the Bible lists quite extensively; there is also the sin-unto-death that 1 John 5:16-17 talks about. One might consider that this sin-unto-death is the willful setting up of ones self against God, the specific refusal to yield to the urgings of the Holy Spirit past the final attempt he makes to draw a person to God (remember – we cannot say that Jesus is the Lord of our lives without the help of the Holy Spirit — 1 Corinthians 12:3). What determines whether we are dealing with sin or sln-unto-death is intent. Sin-unto-death is a person’s willful distancing — or separation — of himself from God. Satan’s alleged attempted coup was a willful attempt to separate himself from God’s control on his life. Peter’s denial was a basic human failing, resulting from fear, not an attempt to willfully separate himself from God (consider that he went out and wept bitterly when the cock crowed and he remembered that Jesus had forecast that Peter would deny him that night).

    Intent is the key. By definition, a person who is “in Christ” will not willfully attempt to distance himself from God by purposefully disobeying. In this context, “sin” resulting from human failing is more apt to draw a person closer to God — as the person becomes aware of the “sin” and seeks God’s forgiveness. A temporary failing of the human spirit need not necessarily condemn us if our true intent is to stay close to Jesus. Because of the condition of our heart, we will avail ourselves of the opportunity to ask for forgiveness when prompted by the Holy Spirit — and in this manner we will be drawn closer to God. When a person willfully allows his thoughts, feelings, and actions to drive him away from God’s claim on his life, to drive him away from God himself, this could be correctly identified as sin-unto-death.

    Or — how does a person repent on their death-bed if the Holy Spirit does not draw them to repentance?

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    • lastholdout says:

      “The act that separates man forever from God is a specific refusal to follow the Holy Spirit’s urging and request God’s forgiveness — a specific refusal to submit one’s life to the will and rule and authority of God.”

      Is it too much to map this concept to that of the wife’s offenses against her husband as being in two different realms – the act itself and the intent of the act? When in the latter, those acts that separate her from her husband manifest as her refusal to seek forgiveness and repent –and she continues in a pattern of rebellion. How can two become one when one will not yield?

      Can a woman truly “submit one’s life to the will and rule and authority of God” if she refuses to submit to her husband?

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      • Jack says:

        “Can a woman truly “submit one’s life to the will and rule and authority of God” if she refuses to submit to her husband?”

        This is a question with an obvious answer that many people will want to avoid because of the implications.

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  5. RIchardP says:

    Any discussion about the two end results of sin discussed above is incomplete without also considering the following.

    Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 (kjv)

    The regular sense of the word translated into English as “perfect” is to be complete, whole. Consider this quote from Wikipedia: (https://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Matthew_5:48 – delete the space before “.org”)

    “The term rendered “perfect” in most English translations is teleioi, the same word used in the Septuagint for tamim and meaning “brought to its end, finished; lacking nothing necessary to completeness.” According to Barnes, “Originally, it is applied to a piece of mechanism, as a machine that is complete in its parts. Applied to people, it refers to completeness of parts, or perfection, where no part is defective or wanting.” Some link the Gospel’s use of the term with its use by the Greek philosophers. To them something was perfect if it fully be its intended function.”

    And what are we when we are “perfect”. That is, what are we when we are fully our intended function? Not without blemish or defect, or even sin. Rather, we are finished, lacking nothing, when we point to Jesus’ shed blood as sufficient for the covering of our sins when the Holy Spirit calls us to repentance. In being “perfect” in this way, we are not without blemish in our own right, but are “finished” according to his purposes in God’s sight.

    We are made perfect, whole, finished, made to be fully our intended function, only by the grace of God coupled with our weakness and infirmities. Our “perfection” is not possible if one of those two is missing.

    My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect (complete, whole) in (your) weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (nkjv)

    If we believe the Bible, then we must accept this point: becoming perfect, complete, whole, made fully our intended function can be accomplished only in our weakness. For it is then that God’s grace and strength are made perfect (accomplish their intended function) by blotting out our sin in response to our repentence and asking for forgiveness.

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