LIVING LIFE RECOVERY REFLECTION #221

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John 13:34I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.”

Love is a command from Jesus. It is not an optional extra. It is not shown just be respecting others but also by self-sacrifice and serving others.

Love is a unifying, identifying mark of our spiritual progress. Growing relationship with God is a direct result of our growing relationships with others.

Love is a choice. It is not about liking or disliking others or disagreeing with them.  It is a choice between forgiving and resenting. To be concerned with the well-being of others and to treating them right.

When we choose to love others God helps us to express His love.

  • How is your relationship with God developing as you move forward in recovery?

 

Prayer: Lord help me to love others the way that You love them and to help them where I can.

 

Recovery leads to right actions, and then, to restitution.

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Covering the Past
Bible Reading: Ezekiel 33:10-16

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

When we walk down the wrong paths in life, we end up in bad places and experience devastating losses. If we go far enough down those paths, we endanger our very lives. We may wonder if we’ve already gone too far. Is a new way of life still possible, even if we turn from our old ways and make amends?

Even under the Old Testament laws, there was hope for those who chose to turn around and make amends. The Lord spoke through Ezekiel, saying, “Give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’ As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die? Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins. . . . Suppose I tell some wicked people that they will surely die, but then they turn from their sins and do what is just and right. For instance, they might give back a debtor’s security, return what they have stolen, and obey my life-giving laws, no longer doing what is evil. If they do this, then they will surely live and not die.None of their past sins will be brought up again, for they have done what is just and right, and they will surely live” (Ezekiel 33:10-12, 14-16)

There’s hope for everyone who turns around and makes amends. Our past sins can be overshadowed by the new life ahead of us.

Daily Reflection Jul 19, 2016

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Psalms 37:6 He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.

 God wants to use you to encourage others. He did it with me and He wants to do it with you. That is why as we go through this process of becoming what God wants us to be we need to get it right.

God provides opportunities to us through the process of recovery. Learning opportunities where we learn more about ourselves and Him. It never stops! There is still so much about me I don’t know. Stuff that has not yet been dealt with in my sinful habits and attitudes. I know that because all the time memories are coming back to me about things I had forgotten in my past. The reason I believe it happens is because the more I grow spiritually the more God equips me to handle. He makes me aware of things to make me more like Jesus as I deal with them.

  • What are your God given opportunities?

Prayer: Lord help me today to identify Your opportunities for me

Daily Reflection July 6, 2016

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Luke 18:9 Jesus told a story to some people who were sure they were right with God. They looked down on everybody else.

 Recovery is never as isolated experience. It involves God and it involves other people.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 22 the greatest commandment is to love God and the second which is just as important is to love others.

I have a confession to make: When I was deep amid my addictions and compulsions I didn’t care about anyone else.  I was selfish and
self-centred.

Through faith based recovery I discovered the importance of other people in my life. I would not be here today if not for the people who prayed for me, cared for me and mentored me in what it means to live a God-guided life.

  • Who are the important people in your recovery journey?

Prayer: God help me today to treat others the way you would treat them

2016 Day 83

Step Five:- On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and to someone that I trust.

Luke 6:43-45 “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree.The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.”

Spiritual health is more important than physical health. We work hard at our outward appearance, saying the right things, doing the right things. We want to remain acceptable in the eyes of others, but what is in our hearts is more important. The way we are when others can’t see us matters more to God.

Eventually if our lives are not right from the inside we will stumble in the recovery process and begin lose ground on our progress.

IF YOU STOP GROWING YOU START ROTTING