Monday, November 2, 2009

What Is Recovery?

If recovering from loss, from the pain in your life, is one of your goals, it is important to define recovery.

"You're running along and you trip and you hit the ground. Recovery can mean just getting up and moving on," says H. Norman Wright.

Dr. Robert Abarno says, "I think recovery means that you're aware of your losses. The awareness that you never want to experience that pain again is a positive thing. Recovery is turning back to Jesus. He redeems you from your sins. He sets you free. He gives you new life in Him. That's the only way I know that you can recover. There is no other way."

Recovery occurs on many levels. It involves forward movement, and that movement is usually slow and painful. Recovery involves an awareness of your losses, an acknowledgment that you must grieve, and the difficult process of grieving your losses. Recovery is only complete through Jesus Christ, who gave His life on the cross to save you.

Receiving God's comfort and restoration begins with turning to Him and turning away from your sins. Pray that God will reveal to you any sinful areas of your life that you need to address.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

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