The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Many Christians that struggle with drinking also deal with a devastating sense of guilt. During our active alcoholism, we felt not only that we had let our family and friends down, but that we had also let God down. We feared that we had failed as Christians and that God would not forgive us for the things we had done. However, it was our experience that the shame and guilt we felt only served to keep us out drinking. Having faith is not simply about believing in God; it is about believing in God’s unconditional love and His infinite capacity for forgiveness. It is about believing that if we follow the plan that he has laid out for us, everything will work out the way it is supposed to. Faith is putting our trust in God and taking that first step, even though we cannot see where the path will take us.
It is important to realize that we are not alone. Christian alcohol treatment centers understand the unique dilemma of Christians dealing alcohol and drug addictions. At a Christian alcohol treatment facility, we were surrounded by other individuals dealing with similar situations and feelings. We learned that when we went to God for forgiveness, He had already forgiven us. We are able to come to terms with that fact that being alcoholics does not make us “bad” Christians or somehow less spiritual. God would not have made us alcoholics if He did not think that our suffering would somehow serve to bring us closer to Him. And if God has forgiven us, then certainly we should be able to forgive ourselves.
Recovering Souls is not a treatment center, but a free service that specializes in finding treatment for Christian alcoholics. We work with Christian treatment centers and sober living facilities across the country and can find one that is best able to address and treat your specific needs. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250 for a free drug and alcohol assessment over the phone.