“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best–the sun to warm and the rain to nourish–to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.” Matthew 5:43-45
Welcome to Step Eight, which says “WE MADE A LIST OF ALL PERSONS WE HAVE HARMED AND BECAME WILLING TO MAKE AMENDS TO THEM ALL”
Now that we have worked on our of this step is to identify those we have hurt. This is a preparation step for making amends and restitution. We have established a relationship with God. We have taken time to get to know ourselves and have commenced the process of change. It is now time to start working on repairing our relationships with others. Part of this process is identifying the people hurt by our sinful habits and attitudes. I know many of us have been hurt by others and they need to go on our lists too. But the purpose of this step is to identify the hurt people we have left and let down.
We are doing this for our ‘Spiritual Growth’, not theirs. “This is what God does. He gives his best–the sun to warm and the rain to nourish–to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.” So should we.
- Are you prepared to honestly make a list of people you have harmed and how you have hurt them?
Prayer: Lord, open my heart and my mind as I search them to identify the people I have hurt in the past.