13 OwningPosted: March 10, 2012
We are not victims. Perhaps we have been misused or neglect. That does not mean we need to continue to live as victims. Owning one’s self involves taking responsibility. However, we often play the blame game to find relief from our guilt and shame. When we own our part in life, we listen to the Spirit as He points out where we are truly guilty and confess it. Herein we find abiding relief. We receive the blood of Jesus and God’s forgiveness for our sin and forgive others who have hurt us and sinned against us.
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us. I John 1 5-10
In our healing journey, we need to own our sin. As we do, we need to acknowledge our thoughts, emotions, desires, dreams, decisions and actions as our own. On one hand, we judge ourselves too harshly. On the other, we disown parts of who we are and what we have contributed or thought. In both ways, we practice perfectionism.
Owning our emotions and desires will bring up the pain of past disappointments. Ignoring pain does not deal with it. What happens when we ignore a virus in our body? What happens if we ignore a virus in our computer? When we ignore, deny or cover emotional pain or sin, we put it in darkness. It still affects us. When we own our pain, we bring it into the light of God presence. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Learning to live in the light,
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Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see. Prayers needed.