Thought for Today #284, 2017

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Step Twelve says “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others.”

Jesus says in John 15:12 “This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.”

Ephesians 4:29-32 says to ‘watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.’

Jesus, Step Twelve and the Bible tell us to invest in others and they tell instruct us how to do it right. Step Twelve is preceded by eleven other steps about getting our own lives right with God, right with others and right with ourselves. Then in Step Twelve, it says ‘we tried to carry the message.’ Through witnessing to others by our attitudes, beliefs, and commitment to the process of continued life change in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “this is my command.” He didn’t say this is what I think you should or could do. It is not a choice it is a command. If we are serious about the process of recovery we need to invest in others the way God has invested in us. We need to love them the way Christ loves us [He died for me! and for you] We need to be willing to invest in others whatever we need to invest in them to lead them on the right path [RECOVERY]

Ephesians 4:29-32 tells us when we invest in others we need to watch how we talk. Sometimes when we invest in others it can be tempting to fall back into our old ways of talking and acting. This scripture also tells us the Holy Spirit is moving and breathing in us making us fit for living God’s will in our daily lives and relationships.

Recovery requires character change, giving up our old sinful ways of thinking, speaking and acting. We can only do that in close relationship with the Holy Spirit, and remember it is our responsibility to ‘carry the message.’ not to change others but to invest in them so that God can intervene in their lives the way He has in ours and help them to change in order that they might help the people God has lined up for them to invest in.

 

Verse of the Day # 284, 2017

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Matthew 25:13-30 So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive. 14 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. 15 To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. 16 Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. 17 The second did the same. 18 But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. 19 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. 20 The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. 21 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 22 “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. 23 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 24 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. 25 I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ 26 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? 27 The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. 28 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. 30 Throw him out into utter darkness.’