My dear friends, remember the warning you were given by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They told you that near the end of time, selfish and godless people would start making fun of God. And now these people are already making you turn against each other. They think only about this life, and they don’t have God’s Spirit. Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray. And keep in step with God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to show how kind he is by giving you eternal life. Be helpful to all who may have doubts. Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds. Jude 1:17-23
Proverbs 12:16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults. Keeping our heart resentment-free is an important part of the recovery process. Offering love instead of resentment builds relationships and keeps us moving forward.
1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.
It is common when we fail in recovery to blame our circumstances or others.
The bottom line is “I am responsible for my actions.” No-one else can make me relapse unless I choose to. We don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth.
Recovery is not easy. Many times it would have been easier for me to turn back to where I felt comfortable than it was to continue in recovery. I choose not to, because ‘my worst day in recovery is far better than my best day when I was using’
- What was your best memory of using?
- How does that compare to your life now?
Prayer: Please God help me always to remember where I came from.