It Comes Down To Love
It stands to reason, from my perspective, that having been “formally” introduced to Jesus Christ through AA, that I would reference AA a lot. Having been given my life back through faith, the blood of our Savior and mercy of our God, walking through the biblical steps as described in AA the door opened and the Holy Spirit flooded my life. I would encourage everyone to go through the steps, if you dare. Simple, but not easy. Being honest with ones self is, in every sense of the word, a formidable task.
According to Merriam-Webster “formidable” means
1: causing fear, dread, or apprehension
a formidable prospect
2: having qualities that discourage approach or attack
a formidable opponent
3: tending to inspire awe or wonder : IMPRESSIVE
a formidable accomplishment
That about sums up, honestly, taking the steps of AA. Looking honestly at yourself in the mirror is a brutal reality.
The good news is coming out on the other side with the Holy Spirit filling the “God sized hole” creates a sense of joy and wonder that words can not describe. We all have a “worship basket” within our being whether we believe it or not. Truth doesn’t require belief, approval or acceptance…Truth just is.
One of the more important aspects of walking this journey is seeing others in our lives and the role we play in our interactions with others. People are people but it is how we respond to situations that matter. Peter paints a beautiful picture of how we should respond to everything in this world. As we learn this lesson, then relearn this lesson with every single interaction whether real or imagined, we move closer to God and take another step in following, and being more like, Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1 NKJV
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.