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.
I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. 1 Corinthians 1:10
The Bible tells us Romans 13:10 “You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.” It doesn’t say we have to like everyone or approve of how they are living. Our verse today says “You must get along with each other.”
Getting along with others is sometimes just tolerance and:
Tolerance of sin undermines our faith. Getting along with others does not mean tolerating their sin. We should not condone bad behavior and practices that lead people away from God.
Toleration of sin hurts us and hurts others. It is better to tolerate the pain of change or removal than to allow sin to take us back to our old ways of thinking and living. Or worse still to stand by and watch others die because of their sinful habits and behaviors.
As long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another–showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order.Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in Him, and sin is not part of His program.
Romans 7:5 ~ 2 Timothy 3:16 ~ John 3:4-5
Life Application Notes:
There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing to sin. Even the most faithful believers sometimes commit sins, but they do not cherish a particular sin or continually choose to commit it. A believer who commits a sin can repent, confess it, and find forgiveness. A person who continues to sin, by contrast, is not sorry for what he or she is doing. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness. Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious claims he or she makes.
Jesus came to the world with a purpose ‘to save sinners’ Matthew 1:21 “She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus–‘God saves’–because he will save his people from their sins.” He came to earth because we cannot save ourselves. He came to be our Savior from the power and penalty of sin. He came to teach us how to recover with God’s help and move forward to living lives worthy of His calling.
STEP SIX: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,
I am now willing to let God change me.
2 Corinthians 1:7 When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.
KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
1 John 4:18 Perfect love drives fear away. Fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love.
Genuine love in our lives confirms our salvation. One of my biggest fears during my addictive years was fear of abandonment. Since high school, I have always been involved in a romantic relationship. Some of them unhealthy. Most of them for the wrong reasons.
I did not cope with being alone! Since I have been in recovery I have had one romantic relationship, with my wife. The difference between my relationship with my wife and the others in my life is acknowledging God’s love and following – His guidance in our lives.
- Do you struggle with fear of abandonment?
Prayer: God help me today to be content in my relationship with You.
STEP FIVE: On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and to someone that I trust.
Part of the recovery process is accepting complete forgiveness from God. He doesn’t keep a list of our past sins and neither, should we.
Psalms 65:3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, You forgive them all.