Set a good example
Consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now that you believe in Christ Jesus, consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned.
Recovery changes us and we need to live lives that demonstrate we believe that. We should not be ashamed to show others the changes God has made in us. We should not be embarrassed about making different choices of acting different than we used to.
If we are in recovery and act like we have always acted why would anyone want what we have?
Through the process of recovery, we are reborn into a new way of living. A way that is available to anyone who wants to pursue it and we have a responsibility to introduce them to it.
1 Peter 1:15 The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do.
– To be holy is to be set apart. To live differently. To live by example.
1 Peter 2:21 Christ suffered for you. He left you an example. He expects you to follow in his steps. You too were chosen to suffer.
– God transforms our suffering into success.
Romans 16:19 Everyone has heard that you obey God. So you have filled me with joy. I want you to be wise about what is good. And I want you to have nothing to do with what is evil.
– As we grow spiritually through recovery other people notice. We should be happy about that. Through our change in attitudes, actions and behaviours other people should be seeing us change and looking to follow our examples.