Colossians 3:12 You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient.
God chose me! Because He loves me dearly, God chose me. What He asks me to do in return is to be gentle and patient. Two characteristics that I need to work on constantly.
I am not naturally a gentle person. I call a spade a spade and have been known to be more direct with some people as I probably should have been. I am not naturally patient. Some of the most frustrating times I have experienced in recovery have been when I thought I knew exactly what God wanted and He took too long to make it happen. We all need to understand, myself included recovery is a process that develops in God’s time for His glory.
- Are pride and impatience stopping you being and doing all God wants from you?
Reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13
Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’ “Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
At one time we too acted like fools. We didn’t obey God. We were tricked. We were controlled by all kinds of longings and pleasures. We were full of evil. We wanted what belongs to others. People hated us, and we hated one another. But the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared. He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us new life. Titus 3:3-5 NLT
My cup is full and spilling over. God’s goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house a long, long time. I am hoping for something I don’t have yet, and am waiting for it patiently. God’s Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. I am not ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus.
Psalms 1:1 How well God must like you– you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
Advice is often cheap. Have you ever noticed how many people are ready to give it? especially when it comes from people who are travelling a different road than you are. So many people ready to tell you how to live a life they are not living.
There are times we end up making a mess of our lives, not because we don’t know what is right, but because we choose to listen to and follow the wrong advice. If you want to succeed in recovery you need to listen to those who are walking the recovery road successfully. Those who have put their addictions and problems behind them and are following God’s will for their lives.
The world is full of voices telling us what to do and what is good for us. Always remember God is ready, willing and able to talk to you at any time of any day. And, He has something special to say to you. You can hear Him speaking through His Word, through prayer, through meditation and through other people.
When we learn to appreciate that there is goodness all around us, although there is also a lot of ugliness in the world we begin to view the world differently. When we receive God’s mercy and love and place ourselves in His presence we become an important part if His spiritual pilgrimage.
Prayer: I pray today Lord I may listen to You more for what You want to say to me and I will not follow the counsel of those who are themselves lost.
Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 (MSG)
Focus Verse: Ephesians 2:8 Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish!
We are all born with a sinful nature, powerless to overcome our tendencies to do the wrong thing on our own. God is truth, mercy and love and through the process of learning and applying the principles of recovery to our lives He wants to forgive us and give us His power to change our lives.
When we acknowledge, admit and accept Jesus as our Higher Power and our need of God’s help, He saves us and helps enter a new way of living.
All people have disobeyed God, and that’s why he treats them as prisoners. But he does this, so that he can have mercy on all of them. Romans 11:32
God is merciful even if we are not aware of it. God prevented us from self-destruction. In every bad choice and dangerous decision we made He somehow stopped us , holding us back from sin in a way we could not detect. Looking back on our past after a period of recovery and application of The Steps in our daily living we begin to identify His intervention in looking after us.
There should be a significant difference between our life now and our past. We often in the past have allowed the values and actions of others to dictate our attitudes and behaviour. Have you ever made a bad choice (knowing it was a bad choice) just to ‘fit in?’ Be careful in recovery who’s values you allow to direct the way you live now. When we want to be like everyone else it can lead to spiritual disaster.
We should remember that we have a mission among those who still suffer. In John 17:18 Jesus said “as You sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” He didn’t ask God to remove believers out of the world but instead to use them in the world. Recovery is not about escaping from the world, nor is it about running away from difficult relationships. We are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) and we are each to do the job that God saved us to do,
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Psalm 116:1
God hears and answers the prayers of those who come to Him in distress. Caught up in our addictive and compulsive behaviours we were often unaware of the danger they posed to our reputation, relationships and life. Discovering we needed help, we called on God to help us and He did. Now, in the process of recovery our relationship with Him must become the number one priority of our daily living.