Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daily Journal for The Recovery From Religious Abuse Day 13

Today starts a new day; I realize that I have been abused by religion. It took me through Day 8, 9 before I realized this, but I am glad I did. You can go back to see my comments on Day 8 and 9 to see what I am speaking of. I am taking the time to do the exercises as outlined in the book; Recovering From Religious Abuse, 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom written by: Jack Watts. While I know that hurt and abuse as described and presented in the book are two different things, I have come to the understanding that in regards to taking advantage of me I have in fact been abused. I will admit, one of my greatest concerns is I may have at times abused religion. I don’t think I have but this journey will help me understand where I am at and in the process help others as I journal each day with the steps outlined in the book.

One of the things I tend to do is be ‘blunt’ with people, I say what I think. Unfortunately sometimes, without taking the other person into consideration I think I have hurt people. I am trying to do better, I have used the excuse that most of my bluntness is towards those in the church, but I have to ask myself the question, is this fair, is it true, has being honest in fact, hurt me, and/or hurt others? Has my being blunt hurt people and a part of me dealing with my issues of being hurt? I know there are times I have been wrong, but I also know I have improved over time. I try to be sensitive to others and more honest with God. I have tried being honest with God; I know that he knows the truth. In my being ‘blunt’, I also realize I have hindered and hurt some relationships that had the potential to be worthwhile and meaningful. Through reminders from the Holy Spirit, I try to be better at this. I ask the Holy Spirit to remind me of the things I need to work on.

Today I realize: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

I realize that as I confess my sins, my wrongs, I need to throw them away. God has forgiven; it is time to move on.

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