Mable is insecure. It is hard for her to admit mistakes. Trying to be perfect in an imperfect world while craving the opinion of others are two ways in which her self-righteousness truncates her relationships with God and others.
Her family sees her for who she is, but they can never honestly say what they think because Mable is not humble enough to receive their evaluations about her faults.
Her self-righteousness has had an even more detrimental effect on her husband, Biff. He has sin issues, and Mable has not been shy about expressing her disappointment in Biff through nagging, criticism, and demeaning attitudes.
Recently she told him that if he continued in his sin patterns, she would leave him. Biff said during a private counseling session,
I don’t want to sin anymore, and I’m trying hard not to. I have spent more time in prayer than any other time in my life. I have been reading my Bible, and I’ve set-up accountability partners to help guard my heart against falling back into sin’s traps.
I don’t think I am making excuses, but I’m not sure I can live a life of perfection. I know it sounds wrong, but I’m tempted to lie to her when she asks me how I’m doing.
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).