Have you heard the expression “Time heals all wounds”? Well, if you have lived any length of time on this earth, you’ve probably been disappointed that time does NOT heal our hurts, habits, or hang-ups. In fact our feelings about a situation or a person might even grow stronger as time passes.
In Celebrate Recovery, there are eight principles based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. These principles help show us how to face the hurt and hate to allow God to show us how begin to resolve our spiritual conflicts. This list is the beginning for you and me to begin to face the truth and let God heal our wounds.
#1 R—Realize I am not God. I admit I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.” Matthew 5:3 says, “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.”
#2 E—Earnestly believe God exists. Believe I matter to Him and He has the power to help me recover.
#3 C—Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
#4 O—Openly examine. Confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.
#5 V—Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life. Humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. Matthew 5:6 says, “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
#6 E—Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
#7 R—Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination. Bible reading and prayer will help you know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
#8 Y—Yield myself to God. Yield so you can be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
Let’s pray, “Father, thank you for showing me my wounds. I am grateful you are with me to help me face the hurt and hate. Thank you for your presence. I receive your grace and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.”