Romans 15:7 Warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
Church is not a building. Church is not a place. Church is a people! It is made up of people from all walks of life, weak, strong, rich, poor, addictive and compulsive. People with all sorts of problems in their lives. People who need help, people who need recovery, people who need Jesus. People whom the Bible tells us to “warmly welcome them into Church (Recovery) in the same way we were welcomed when we first arrived. Step Twelve says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
- When you see someone new in recovery, how are you welcoming them?
1 John 1:5-10 This is the message God has given us to pass on to you: that God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are his friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.
Unless we change our character we cannot successfully acheive recovery. Step Four says “In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help my sinful habits and attitudes.” We cannot progress in the process unless we are willing to change and seek God’s will for our lives, put all of our efforts into achieving it. As we learn His will and put it into practice the way we relate to others should be evidence of His saving grace in our lives and our dependence on Him.
Mark 2:9-11 I, the Messiah, have the authority on earth to forgive sins. But talk is cheap—anybody could say that. So I’ll prove it to you by healing this man.” Then, turning to the paralyzed man, he commanded, “Pick up your stretcher and go on home, for you are healed!”
Jesus came not only to heal physical problems but also to solve sin problems. Matthew 1:21 “She will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins.” Sometimes when our faith is too weak to do what we need to do we need to rely on the faith of others to carry us through. Jesus has the power to heal us from whatever problem is stopping us from moving forward in our lives but we also need to take responsible action to help ourselves if we want to get well. John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
Romans 15:2 We should all please our neighbours. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up.
God expects us to be loving towards our neighbours. In Luke 10 in the Bible Jesus tells us the two greatest commands are to love God and love our neighbours.
When it comes to loving others we can often justify how why we feel that way. Or we can convince ourselves they are not really my neighbours. Our neighbours according to God is anyone who is in need. Loving them means acting towards them in ways that meet their needs and not to put hurdles in front of them
We all have problems, and all have needs this tells me that God wants us to love everybody. That doesn’t mean love and approve everything they do. We all need God’s help to love others and we all need God’s help to do what is good for them.
- What are you doing to help others?