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 second part of this verse says “Be careful to do what everyone thinks is right.” In other words, don’t just take action that is going to make you feel better without repairing 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!
- Who would you rather get even with than repair the relationship with?
Prayer: Lord help me today to recognise the people on my list I am holding resentments against and help me to address them.
In 2015 when God introduced me to Living Life Recovery He gave me a slogan. That slogan was “Recovery is about Living Life. Living Life is not just about recovery.”
As an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1987, it annoyed me and depressed me to think for the rest of my life every where I went I had to first ensure there was an A.A. meeting I could attend. I contributed too but was not the sole reason for my relapse. I thank God today for that relapse. Because without it I might never have turned to Him and The Salvation Army Bridge Program and discovered His love for me and his purpose for my life. Today I believe ‘everyone needs recovery’ We are all sinners and all in need of God’s grace to overcome whatever issues we may be experiencing.
My life transformation began through attendance at a 12 Step meeting the first day I arrived at the Bridge Program. The step study was Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our contact with God. Praying only for His will for us and the power to carry it out.
My life changed that day, as did my understanding about the Twelve Steps. I believe today we all need a support network that we attend on a regular basis. I believe recovery is about a personal relationship with God and living my life according to His purpose for me as it lines up against His Word.
Today I believe recovery is about learning to live life in relationship with the Holy Spirit in fellowship with other broken people on the same journey.