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Permissive vs. Perfect Will of God

Hey guys, welcome back to another blog! Today we will be talking about the Permissive Will of God versus the Perfect Will of God. First, we must know the meaning of the two. The meaning of the Perfect Will of God can be found in Romans 12:2. The verse says, “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God-what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” In this verse, we find that the Perfect Will of God involves rejecting conformity and turning your back on the ways of the world, as well as your worldly desires and renewing your mind so that you can experience God’s perfect will. The Perfect Will of God is His divine plan for your life. Because of this meaning, many seem to think that the Permissive Will of God is the “imperfect” Will of God. However, that is not the case. The Permissive Will of God is simply something that God permits, although it may not be in His Will, because He is not a God that will force us to do anything. God can also use His Permissive Will to accomplish the plans of His Perfect Will. Think of the story of Joseph. God permitted Joseph’s brothers to betray him, and because of that betrayal, Joseph ended up becoming close to the Pharaoh and even saving the country from famine. There is a big difference between the Permissive and Perfect Will of God. That is that the Permissive will comes with consequences. Think of the story of the Israelites in 1st Samuel 8. God wanted to be their king, but the Israelites saw other nations' kings and cried and complained because they were not patient enough and wanted their own. God gave them their king but not too long after, they engaged in war after war. The Permissive Will of God comes with consequences because although you have gotten what you wanted, you got it because you were not patient enough to wait on God’s timing. So what can we learn from this? We should always work towards the Perfect Will of God because the permissive also brings consequences. If you enjoyed this, feel free to read more posts at!


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