Addiction Day 3

Community

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.1 John 1:5

Community
In our addiction, whatever that is, we lied and lied and lied. We lied to ourselves, we lied to our families, and we lied to our friends. Lying became second nature.

In recovery we learn if we are going to make it out of our addiction we have to be brutally honest with ourselves. Without that honesty recovery can't happen.

The first step says: we admit to ourselves and others that we were powerless over (fill this space with your addiction), that our lives had become unmanageable.

This is probably the first and most difficult truth we had to tell ourselves and others. There is power in bringing your addiction into the light. We had to admit we are powerless and our lives have become unmanageable.

But, there was hope and that hope lay in crying out to Jesus: "Deliver me from lying lips and from deceitful tongue," Psalm 120:2

And when we admit our complete helplessness, Jesus leads us into that healing process. We heal in community, the idea comes from the sense of responsibility we have for each other. In the Bible, God encourages us to take care of our brothers and sisters.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

Father we thank you for your faithfulness, never leaving our side in the midst of our addiction and journey to healing. Help me to stay in community and truth.
Give me the grace and wisdom to go about repairing the broken relationship that my actions have caused me. Amen

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