All people have disobeyed God, and that’s why he treats them as prisoners. But he does this, so that he can have mercy on all of them. Romans 11:32
God is merciful even if we are not aware of it. God prevented us from self-destruction. In every bad choice and dangerous decision we made He somehow stopped us , holding us back from sin in a way we could not detect. Looking back on our past after a period of recovery and application of The Steps in our daily living we begin to identify His intervention in looking after us.
There should be a significant difference between our life now and our past. We often in the past have allowed the values and actions of others to dictate our attitudes and behaviour. Have you ever made a bad choice (knowing it was a bad choice) just to ‘fit in?’ Be careful in recovery who’s values you allow to direct the way you live now. When we want to be like everyone else it can lead to spiritual disaster.
We should remember that we have a mission among those who still suffer. In John 17:18 Jesus said “as You sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” He didn’t ask God to remove believers out of the world but instead to use them in the world. Recovery is not about escaping from the world, nor is it about running away from difficult relationships. We are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) and we are each to do the job that God saved us to do,