14 Letting GoPosted: March 10, 2012
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To heal from perfectionism, we need to own our actions, thoughts, feelings, etc. We need to let go of some of these after we own them. I heard a men’s pastor describe this by a fishing analogy, catch and release.
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 from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9
These verses relate to us forgiveness of sin. For example, when we take a coat to the dry cleaner for a stain on the sleeve the dry cleaner will remove all the stains he finds; regardless if we knew about them or not. After confessing, we need to receive forgiveness and let go of the guilt and sin. Jesus took them.
Regarding making mistakes, we need to own our part and then let go of dwelling on them (dwelling=sitting and spinning). We tend to beat ourselves up over mistakes. When we recognize the mistakes, we need to let go. In our perfectionism, we don’t like to admit that we have been wrong. Yet owning and letting go helps us to move forward.
Many of us don’t like to own our emotions. We can be like Spock in Star Trek and deny that we even have emotions. Our emotions may even seem ungodly. However, emotions are a part of being human. We need to own our emotions before letting go of them. We resist this process. We need to acknowledge our emotions in order to let go and learn to deal with them in a healthy and holy way. We can be like children who avoid taking a bath and when we get into the water we don’t want to leave.
Letting go takes time and practice. Listen to God for how to do it.
Learning to let go,
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