Declared "Not Guilty"
Romans 4

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

When our addictive patterns represent "sinful" behavior, it's common to feel awkward about getting close to God. We may feel ineligible to receive God's love; instead, we may expect anger. We might feel guilty and be afraid that God will reject us. Secretly, we may wish that we could have a loving relationship with God and the assurance of a place in heaven, but we feel that we will never be good enough.

The apostle Paul has shown us that we can have the love and acceptance we desire. He wrote, "For the Scriptures tell us, 'Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous.' . . . When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. . . . God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God" (Romans 4:3-5, 24-25).

There's a free gift waiting for us that could help in our recovery. It's God's forgiveness, acceptance, and support. It's a notice that we're "righteous." It's a special home in heaven with our name on it.

There's no need for us to do anything but accept this free gift. This is the best reward of turning our lives over to God!

We begin our recovery burdened with guilt and shame; God encourages our recovery with the burden's release.