Posts Tagged ‘abuse’

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Step 1. We admitted we were powerless
over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become

I know that nothing good lives
in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,
but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)

Step 2.  We came to believe that a power
greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

For it is God who works in you
to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

Step 3.  We made a decision to turn our
lives and our wills over to the care of God.

Therefore, I urge you,
brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

Step 4. We made a searching and fearless
moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and
test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40)

Step 5.  We admitted to God, to
ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Therefore confess your sins to
each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16)

Step 6.  We were entirely ready to have
God remove all these defects of character.

Humble yourselves before the
Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)

Step 7.  We humbly asked Him to remove
all our shortcomings.

If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

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)

Step 9. We made direct amends to such
people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Therefore, if you are offering
your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something
against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be
reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Step 10. We continued to take personal
inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

So, if you think you are
standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Step 11.  We sought through prayer and
mediation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and power to carry that out.

Let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly. (Colossians 3:16)

Step 12. Having had a spiritual experience
as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to
practice these principles in all our affairs.

Brothers, if someone is caught
in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself,
or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

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