Speaking the Truth in Love:  Addiction

When the good things of God are misused, they can satisfy for a moment, cover up the pain and give a glimmer of happiness only to leave us wanting more.  This week, let’s learn how to speak the truth in love by walking together with those who struggle, using the 12 Steps and their Biblical Comparisons from Celebrate Recovery, a Christian addiction recovery program.       

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, keep us from those sins that would enslave us, free us from the sins that perpetually tempt us and help us walk along side others who struggle with the love of Jesus.

Monday, October 5
1     We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. Read Romans 7:18 

2     We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Read Philippians 2:13 

Tuesday, October 6
3     We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. Read Romans 12:1 

4     We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Read Lamentations 3:40 

Wednesday, October 7
5     We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Read James 5:16 

6     We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Read James 4:10 

Thursday, October 8
7     We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. Read 1 John 1:9

8    We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Read Luke 6:31 

Friday, October 9
9     We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Read Matthew 5:23-24

10   We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Read 1 Corinthians 10:12

Saturday, October 10
11    We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out. Read Colossians 3:16

12    Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.  Read Galatians 6:1

Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN    –   bethelstpaul.com

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