Perfectionism manifests itself in relationships in the following five ways:
Discontentment with the relationship.
Hypercriticism of other people.
Shaming others’ mistakes.
A push for others to achieve.
Conditional love and acceptance.
Perfectionism isn’t good for my relationships. It prevents the other person from feeling approved, loved, and accepted. It lowers their self-worth and makes them afraid to be themselves.
Father, when my perfectionism is hurting any of my relationships, help me to remember how Jesus treats me. He offers grace, acceptance, forgiveness, and unconditional love to me, when I don't measure up. He conveys the message that I have great value even though my actions fall short. When the people in my life aren’t perfect, Lord Jesus, help me to treat them as you treat me. Amen