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Spiritual Anorexia

Works Salvation Perfectionism Grace

Source: Obituary: “Christy Henrich, 22, Gymnast Who Suffered From Anorexia” by Eric Pace, July 28, 1994, NY Times

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-02

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Christy Henrich was an athletically gifted, world class gymnast who narrowly missed making the 1988 US Olympic team. Weighing just under 100 lbs at the time, Christy was convinced that she missed making the team because she was too fat. 

Like most professional athletes, she was a perfectionist who believed a “little more” hard work was all that stood in the way of her aspirations. She began to attack her weight as though it were the enemy. What started as a diet, digressed into full blown Anorexia and Bulimia. In the coming months and years she became too weak to compete and was forced to retire from the sport.
 
Even with the realization that her goal was unattainable, she continued succumbing to her compulsion to lose weight. Christy died of multiple organ failure just 10 days after her 22nd birthday, weighing just 60 lbs. 

APPLICATION

Just as perfectionism and performance anxiety can prove fatal physically, they also pose a serious threat to our spiritual lives. Works salvation and legalism would rob us of the sustenance we need to live and thrive in our walk with God.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Grace Robbers

Grace Pessimism Perfectionism

Source: “How To Be A Grace-giver,” DISCIPLESHIP JOURNAL 92 (Mar/Apr 1996), 52-58.

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-05-30

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Robert Crosby
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ILLUSTRATION

Robert Crosby distinguished between “grace-robbers” and “grace-givers.”  He types “grace-robbers” into three categories:

1.  Some are PESSIMISTS—their negative words and carping spirit destroys others;
2.  Some are PERFECTIONISTS—they set up others and themselves for failure;
3.  Some are PEDAGOGUES—they are our resident know-it-alls who can do no wrong.

Robert C. Crosby is senior pastor of the Christian Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. He has written for Focus on the Family magazine, Christian Parenting Today, New Man, and Discipleship Journal.

APPLICATION

All three rob us of grace by hindering our joy and freedom in Christ.  The pessimist does this by undermining our faith in a God who can work in any set of circumstances. The perfectionist does this by causing us to forget that we are whole in Christ. The pedagogue does this by pretending they don't need God's grace.

Let us live in such a way that our words, attitudes and actions impart grace to everyone we meet, believer and unbeliever alike.  This is the ONLY way we can be true to the Gospel of Grace and to the salvation we have received!

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone" (Colosians 4:6). 

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Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01/10/2019

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Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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ILLUSTRATION

A couple purchased a home in upper Maine from two elderly sisters. With winter approaching, the wife was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation.

“If they could live here all those years, so can we!” her husband confidently declared.

One night, the temperature plunged to below zero, and they awoke to find interior walls covered with frost. The husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up.

 “For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve gone to Florida for the winter.”

APPLICATION

When we compare ourselves to others, it's easy to develop a false sense of self-assurance.

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12). 

If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Were Lost Sailors Really Lost?

Salvation Blame Warnings

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2017-11-04

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 ; Luke 15:24

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Flat Tire Delayed 50 Miles

Works Salvation Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-22

Scripture: John 3:3 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Has Plastic Surgery To Avoid Debt

Responsibility Salvation Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-15

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Never Try To Catch The Catcher

Grace (Pictures of) Jesus, Savior Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 19:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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