Dare we imagine Christ saying to those whom he ministered “Go, have faith God will heal you.” and turn his back on them? How dare we stand and shame and turn our backs toward those faithfully coming to us and seeking relief? Do you not understand how much courage and humility it takes for an individual to rise out of their own shame and guilt – hand outstretched and asking for sustenance, kindness, mercy, and grace?
God did not call us to be neutral. He has called us to raise up a warning to all. He has called us to declare that His Kingdom is at hand. The day of repentance is drawing to a close.
We show kindness toward others. After all, isn’t this what Jesus taught us to do? Show kindness and mercy to others? Is not what his teachings centered on – showing mercy, grace, kindness, and love toward others? How many more souls are we to save and add to the way when we show the same level of compassion, kindness, grace, and mercy toward others who are downtrodden, hopeless, and crumbling faith?
There are those oft days of light and happiness that dispel the sadness. Yet, they are fleeting. As fleeting as the summer days we’ve so far experienced here for June. Inevitably, the rain comes, the darkness swells, and the days grow gloomy and despondent. We either allow ourselves to sink deeper and withdraw further into our suffocating sadness; or, we do the courageous and difficult task of pulling ourselves out of despair by focusing on the hope and light of God’s love, mercy, and grace.
It is through Christ’s infinite and profound atonement that we are able to come to a place where we place our hope and trust in God. This hope and trust provides for us an assurance for whatever challenges may lay ahead in our spiritual journey. We may face desperate circumstances. Personal adversity. And seemingly impossible social upheavals to contend with. Yet, He is faithful toward us because he has called us into a fellowship with his Son – Jesus Christ (See, 1 Corinthians 1:9, paraphrased). And, his promise stands to protect us and strengthen us (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Christ has overcome the world and brings us peace of mind, wisdom, strength, love, and grace.
Recovery is a dark journey for most of us. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we come to full knowledge of His light, love, and truth. Do we forsake others struggling in their own darkness and journey? God forbid. This is the heart and foundation of recovery support groups.