Galatians 5:22-23 What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Focus Verse: We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitment.
When we live God’s way things change, we change, and we are given character changing qualities that are in direct opposition to our sinful natures. These changes come directly from God. By willingly allowing God to work in our lives, He transforms us!
The powerful presence of God in our lives transforms us and heals our wounds. As we trust Him the Holy Spirit empowers to change.
John 4:39 says “Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” – There may be many things in our past we are ashamed about. In recovery God wants to help us change these things and He wants to use those changes to get the attention of other people in our lives and realize He is the Way to lasting, growing spiritual recovery.
The focus verse talks about us developing ‘a sense of compassion:
Lamentations 3:22 says “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up” another version says “His compassion’s never fail.” In other words He is always willing to help us, regardless of who we are or what we have done. As He is willing to forgive us, no matter what, we to need to develop a similar compassionate character to others and be prepared to forgive them as we move forward in recovery.
Prayer: Just for today I will keep going in recovery. I will pay attention to others and make an honest effort to get along with them, regardless of who thye are or what they have done.