Romans 6:1 What should we say then? Should we keep on sinning so that God’s grace can increase?
Continually carrying on with the same attitudes, behaviours and convictions we have always had will lead to relapse. Through steps one to five we have made life changes that are going to affect the rest of our lives. Change, whilst not always easy is a necessary part of the process of recovery.
It is time to sinning. Because sin separates us from God. Step Six says “After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me”
This step talks about ‘Letting go’ of our sinful habits and attitudes and ‘Letting God’ introduce us to new ones. For me letting go was a scary experience. It meant becoming more open and honest with people. It meant spending more time reading the Bible and understanding what the Bible had to say about the ways I had acted and behaved in the past.
Letting God change me was just as hard. I had to unlearn many bad habits and consciously act different that my natural instincts told me to. For the first two years of my recovery I used to write down everything that happened in my day and how I reacted to it. In my quiet time I would find passages in the Bible about my feelings and reactions and how God ‘s Word said I should act and react to things.
Prayer: Lord help me today to take inventory on my sinful attitudes
and actions and to not keep repeating them.