Let's stop for a few minutes on this long journey we've been on. Let's reflect on how far we have come. Since January, we have:
That is quite a list, isn't it? Well, we are just a little more than half way through our journey together. August lands us in the 8th month and that means we have come to Step 8 of our recovery journey. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done! We have come so far in this journey together! Let's dig into our next step and keep moving forward!
Step 8 says we are to make a list of all the people we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. By working through my inventory, I have a laundry list of people who have harmed me and of people I have harmed. As a result of my controlling tendencies, my co-dependent behavior, and my shopping addiction, I have hurt many people without realizing it at the time.
In Luke 6:31, Jesus is speaking to a crowd of disciples. This is Luke's interpretation of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is presenting how people should behave in order to live a "blessed" life. I view this, personally, as Jesus explaining how to live a life with the Kingdom of Heaven in mind. Jesus tells us to love, do good deeds, be generous, pray, be merciful, non-judgmental, just to name a few. Many refer to Luke 6:31 as the Golden Rule.
A little convicting, don't you think? I sure think so! Especially since I know the laundry list of things I have done to others that I would never want them to do to me! There is good news, though. That laundry list of sins I've committed against God, ways I have mistreated others, and things I have done to harm myself have all been redeemed.
I may have a laundry list, but by bringing my list to the Throne, it is washed clean by the blood of Jesus. Yes, I have done things in my past that do not agree with the Kingdom Life, I can rest in the truth that through prayer, supplication, and repentance, my sins are forgiven. I make the choice today to hold on to that truth and know God is on my side.
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Think About It:
How do you feel about how far you've come in your recovery journey?
Review your inventory list. Is there anything else you need to add?
Make it a point to practice Luke 6:31 in your everyday life. Keep a log, if you would like. go over it once a week.
Journal About it:
Follow along in the My Journey Journal© (subscriber password required) and write about how the questions and scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, thank Him for showing you the way in your journey.
Pray About it:
As you think and write, say this prayer with me.
Thank you for convicting my heart of the sins I have committed against You and others. I pray today asking for forgiveness and I turn away from my past behaviors. Help me to live out Luke 6:31 every day and help me to "treat others the same way I want them to treat me."
In Jesus' name,
Talk About it:
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