moralism

i struggle with knowing how to deal with moralism. i tend to construct boundaries and rules and whatnot around myself very naturally. in a way, this isn’t really bad. we should build moral boundaries for ourselves according to what we know is good and just and righteous. the problem comes when we start relying more on our little safety nets and behavioral guidelines than we do on God, or when we start finding our security in how well we follow the morals we believe are correct. to me, that’s where the problem arises. if i am following God, should i not be good? and if i am not good, i have violated my moral code. if i am following God, i should grow in holiness and righteousness and become more aligned with what he wants me to be, so i should better fit his standards. but if i’m trying to meet his standards, i’m missing the point. i haven’t figured out how to handle this properly yet. im turning faith into a set of rules. instead of trusting in God and letting him shape me, i’m shaping myself to an image that i think looks like what God wants me to be. it’s a frustrating problem. anyone else struggle with this? how do you keep God before your morality? how do you keep from making your faith into a set of DOs and DONTs?

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