Amends with God
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
We're on intimate terms with God, whether we realize it or not. We've probably thought a lot about how our sins have hurt the people in our lives. But we may be surprised to find out how intimately acquainted God is with our sin, and the emotional impact it has on him.
The apostle Paul warned, "Do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live" (Ephesians 4:30). We can actually cause God grief by our actions, because the Holy Spirit of God is always with us. When we enter into sin, we take him with us. Paul explained, "Don't you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! And don't you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, ‘The two are united into one.' But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him" (1 Corinthians 6:15-17). When Potiphar's wife attempted to seduce Joseph, the reason he gave for resisting was, "It would be a great sin against God" (Genesis 39:9).
God is our loving Father! We may not realize it, but God is intimately involved with our lives. He sees everything! He knows the pain in store for us when we make bad decisions. And he grieves deeply when we're doing things that will hurt us and his other loved ones. We need to ask ourselves when we may have caused God sorrow and grief.
Because God loves us so much, we hurt him deeply when we sin.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.