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Is Rigorous Honesty Important For Recovery?

Rigorous means “severe, harsh, exact or accurate.” When was the last time you had a rigorous (severe or harsh) work out? You know, when you sweated a little harder by running ten minutes longer, or by lifting 20 extra pounds on the weight machine.

Although it hurts at the start, over time, rigorous workouts generate clear results. Your muscles are firmer. Your energy is higher. Your stamina increases.

The same is true in recovery when you exercise your “honesty” muscle. Half-hearted efforts produce little or no change, while rigorous honesty changes you.

For most of us, when we finally become aware of our need for recovery, there are things that we’ve been dishonest about. Our addictions and sinful patterns have caused us to twist or hide the truth from others and ourselves. Perhaps you have been hiding for so long that you’ve forgotten who you truly are. Or you continue to distort the truth because the truth is too painful to face. An honest review will help you come clean, freeing you from your secret prisons.

Remember to tell on yourself (with specifics) to God and to others. Rigorous honesty is speaking the truth with no wiggle room. It is a commitment to thoroughness and to not blurring the truth.

As you are freed from protecting the past, you then can begin moving forward, honestly recovering your day-to-day thoughts and actions.

The idea of rigorous honesty might sound frightening or overwhelming, but if you really want to get well, there are no other options.

The truth will indeed set you free.


MAIN POINT

Honestly revealing specific thoughts and actions is essential for your recovery.

KEY SCRIPTURE 

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)

APPLICATION

Commit to telling on yourself today. Call a person you trust and tell them, with rigorous honesty, something that you’re struggling with. Bringing your sins into the light will begin your healing and lead you to peace.

PRAYER

Dear God, you see every part of my life, both past and present. Thank you for loving me in spite of what I may have hidden from others and from myself. Reveal to me my true thoughts, motives and actions.  Please give me the courage to tell that truth without exaggeration and without cover-up.

God Loves You

Do you struggle with feeling loved?  Are you feeling unloved by a family member—a father, a mother or a sibling?  How about friends, a girlfriend, boyfriend or a spouse?  Do you struggle with loving yourself?  Or maybe you feel that you are not worthy of someone’s love?

Our need for love can guide our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and others.  We often seek love or the emotions attached to love in unhealthy ways.

Do you think that God loves you?  Did you know that every single good thing in your life, no matter how great or small, came from God because he loves you and cares about you?

We often compare God’s love for us to the way others love or fail to love us.  However, God’s love for us is deeper than what we experience in our human relationships because his love is based on truth.  God freely chooses to love us even when we reject his love or respond poorly to his love.  He loves us not because of our goodness or because we’ve earned his love; he loves us because he is good.

When Jesus walked on earth he spent a lot of time healing broken people.  He was often in the presence of prostitutes, adulterers, drunkards, the afflicted, and the outcasts.  Jesus loved and spent time with society’s rejects, demonstrating that he desires everyone to know they are loved just as they are.  He wants an intimate, eternal relationship with each of us, even with you.

Do you know how much God loves you?  God loves you so much that he sent his only son to die so you could have eternal life with him.  The life of Jesus Christ was a mission of love.  He loves you completely just the way you are, regardless of how you have lived your life.  Sometimes it is easy to feel unloved, unappreciated, and unworthy of love.  Yet God deeply loves you and wants a relationship with you.

Are you open to God’s love?  He loves you unconditionally right now.

 

MAIN POINT

God loves you and desires a close relationship with you.


KEY SCRIPTURE

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

 

PRAYER

Dear God, help me understand your unconditional love.  Thank you for loving me as I am, with all my faults and sins.  Open my heart to know and accept the love and grace that you have for me.

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