September 20, 2012 – Testimony: Kristen
“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.” 1 John 1:8-9
“In the past, each time a relationship ended, I was heart-broken and obsessively-angry. My pride was wounded because I didn’t get my way. I couldn’t see God’s will and wasn’t even considering at that point, that his will was potentially a lot better than mine. I was rarely satisfied at the end of day, with my relationships, friendships, jobs, school projects. Nothing was good enough. I was choosing bad relationships with men from the start, preying on their insecurities…trying to fix them, then getting disappointed when they couldn’t rise to my challenge.
Working the program, I started challenging all my motives and uncovering the roots of my need for control. Things got a little harder before they got better. But eventually, my relationships started improving and my coworkers started noticing the softer, more spiritual side of me. The most magical part of all was that I wasn’t consciously trying to differentiate each move I made and reaction I had. I was just placing my trust in God and asking for his help every day, all day. He did all the rest. As I got closer to him, he got closer to me.”
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it and He will.” Psalm 37:5
Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me & make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
“Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7
“Happy are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5:9
Step 8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Step 9: We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
Just a reminder that LIFE, our Celebrate Recovery-based middle school/high school student program, began last week & will be meeting during CR from 6:45-8:30PM.