Write a Letter

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Romans 13:8 Pay everything you owe. But you can never pay back all the love you owe each other. Those who love others have done everything the law requires.

Some relationships can never be repaired. People may have passed away. They may have moved away and you have lost touch with them.

As I said previously the most devastating thing that ever happened to me in my life was not attending my Dad’s funeral. The second was not taking the time to get to know him again when I had the opportunity. There are a number of gaps in my life, things I can’t remember that my Dad could have filled. No one else can.

Part of the healing process in my recovery journey was writing a long letter to my Dad telling him what I should have told him and asking him the questions I should have asked him.

  • Who on your list can’t you contact writing a letter to will help?

 

 Prayer: God reveal to me the people writing a letter to will help me heal. Let me not use this as an excuse to avoid

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Don’t Just Hold Grudges

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Romans 12:17-18 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.

I read this verse and immediately into my head jumps the phrase “Don’t get hurt, get even.” That’s how I used to think. If you hurt me I would hurt you back, but worse. If you took something from me I would take away something from you, but more precious. It wasn’t a healthy way to live and it meant through recovery I had a lot of work to do on me.

The verse 18 says “ If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody..” In other words, don’t hold grudges and take action that is going to repair relationships.

I have heard a lot of people over the years say to me “I talked to God about it, that’s enough.” It’s not! None of us were designed to live alone with God. He designed us for relationship/ To not only get along with others but to help others become all that He created them to be. 

  • Who would you rather hold a grudge against than repair the relationship with?

Prayer: Lord help me today to recognize the people in my life I am holding resentments against and do whatever I can to repair our relationship.

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Nothing is Impossible

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When we tell ourselves “I can never change,” or “That will never happen,” we presume too much and believe too little. In Jesus, Christ God renders all of our final conclusions premature and all of our talk of determinism as simply bad faith. In Christ, God opens closed doors, brings resurrection, reveals possibilities, reclaims the lost, liberates the cursed and possessed, and changes the unchangeable. Don Shelby

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