Journey Towards Recovery Lesson   Amends Isaiah  Come
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Journey Towards Recovery Lesson Amends Isaiah Come

Sit down Lets argue this out This is Go ds message If your sins are blood red theyll be snowwhite If theyre red like crimson theyll be like wool The Message Principal 6 Evaluate all my relationships Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and m

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Journey Towards Recovery Lesson 16 Amends Isaiah 1:18 Come. Sit down. Lets argue this out. This is Go ds message: If your sins are blood red, theyll be snow-white. If theyre red like crimson, theyll be like wool. (The Message) Principal 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm Ive done to others, except wh en to do so would harm them or others. 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)

REMEMBER: You Are Not Alone Were going to answer the per sonal question: How do I make Amends? Forgive me as I learn to fo rgive Why should I drag up the past? Because, YOUR PAST has a direct effect on YOUR FUTU RE A Admit the hurt and the harm Your feelings were bottled up for toooooo long a nd have interfered with your important relationships. You n eed to once again face the hurts, resentments, and wrongs others have caused you or t hat you have caused others. Holding on to resentments not only blocks your recovery, it bl ocks Gods forgiveness in your life. M Make a list

Documenting the relationships in your life and t he issues involved are key to living in truth. God may have revealed others t o you that need on your list. Dont fret over the How-Tos in making amends. God will lead you through this personal challenge. Encourage one another Encouragement is like a cool drink of water on a hot day. Meet with your sponsor or accountability partner so they can serve as a sounding board. Their objectivity is valuable to ensure you make amends a nd forgiveness with the right motives. 1Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage one another and bui ld each other up.. N

Not for them You need to approach those people on your amends list humbly, honestly, sincerely, and willingly. Dont offer excuses or a ttempt to justify your actions; focus only on your part. Here is the secret to making success ful amends: DONT EXPECT ANYTHING BACK. You are making amends, not for a re ward but for freedom youre your hurts, hang-ups and habits. Luke 6:35 Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back Note: You can become addicted to your bitterness, hatred, and revenge, just as you can become addicted to alcohol, drugs and relationships ? A life

characterized by bitterness, resentment, and anger will kill you emotionally and shrivel your soul, producing depression, despair and discouragement. D Do it at the right time This principle not only requires courage, good j udgment, and willingness, but a careful sense of timing. Eccles iastes 3:1 There is a right time for everything. - Before making amends, you need to pr ay, asking Jesus Christ for His guidance, His direction, and His perfect timing. D ont wait until you feel like making amends, living this principle takes an act of will. Making amends is an act of obedience. S

Start living the promises of recovery As you work on your amends with this principle and step, you will discover Gods gift of true free dom from your past. You will find the peace and serenity youve longed for and are now re ady to embrace Gods purpose for your life. Joel 2:25 I will repay you for the years t he locust have eaten. Dear God, I pray for willingness to evaluate all my past and current relationships. Please show me the people who I have hurt, and help me bec ome willing to offer amends to them. Also, show me Your strength to become willing to of fer forgiveness to those who

have hurt me. I pray for Your perfect timing for taking. In your name, Amen.
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Journey Towards Recovery Lesson 16 Amends Isaiah 1:18 Come. Sit down. Lets argue this out. This is Go ds message: If your sins are blood red, theyll be snow-white. If theyre red like crimson, theyll be like wool. (The Message) Guidelines for Group Sharing 1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to three to five minutes. a. Focusing on ones own thoughts and feelings will ke ep sharing short, eliminate cross talk, and keep the person sharing from

wande ring to other peoples problems or non-group related topics. Please be st rict about the three-to-five- minute rule. It is very frustrating for others in the group to miss an opportunity to share because someone else spoke for a long time. Come up with a signal, if necessary, and announce it was the start of the gro up. If anyone goes over the time, give the signal so no one feels singled out . 2. There is NO cross talk. Cross talk is when two ind ividuals engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to expre ss their feelings without interruptions . a. Cross talk

is also identified as someone making, I can relate to you because. Or I cant relate to you because. Comments, laugh ing, asking questions, touching them to comfort them, distracting behavior and so on. We dont have to be legalistic about it, but use care not to offend anyone. If this guideline is abused, someone may get very hurt and give up on their recovery altogether. 3. We are here to support one another, not FIX one ano ther. a. We all have wonderful intentions, and want to share the wisdom we have gained from being in this awesome program. Many times, a person is not at the proper

emotional state to hear or understand your advise. The members of your group are going to look to you to protect them and enforc e this guideline. Fixing can be described as offering advice to solve a problem som eone has shared, offering a Scripture, offering book referrals, or offering cou nselor referrals. 4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirement . What is share in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when som eone threatens to injure themselves or others. a. It can be very hurtful to discover that someones s haring is being discussed outside of the small group

time. Most of the peopl e in recovery have never been able to tell their secret and they need assurance that this is a safe place for sharing. When making phone calls to members of you r group, you must be careful about protecting anonymity when leaving mes sages. Sending e-mails text messages and so forth. 5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centere d recovery group a. Because many of us grew up hearing or using offensi ve language, this can be a painful trigger to members of our group. If we are growing in recovery and our walk with the Lord, we will never use foul language and

will be diligent in enforcing this guideline to protect the members of our group Proverbs 11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.