No Small Sins
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Sometimes we end up hurting innocent victims. When we started down the road seeking pleasure, or a path of safety or escape from our problems, we never imagined that our actions would lead to the destruction of innocent lives.
When young David was escaping from the wrath of King Saul, he ran to the priest, Ahimelech. " ‘The king has sent me on a private matter,' David said. ‘He told me not to tell anybody why I am here. . . . The king's business was so urgent that I didn't even have time to grab a weapon!' " (1 Samuel 21:1-2, 8). The priest believed David's story and assisted him. But King Saul saw Ahimelech as a co-conspirator and had all eighty-five priests killed along with their entire families. Only one of Ahimelech's sons escaped to tell David what had happened. David responded, "Now I have caused the death of all your father's family. Stay here with me, and don't be afraid. I will protect you with my own life" (22:22-23).
David never intended to hurt anyone. He was just trying to cover his own tracks and get what he needed in his desperation. He recognized his responsibility and tried to do what he could after the tragedy. When people suffer innocently because of things we do, it will help them and their families if we acknowledge our responsibility and do whatever we can to help.
In recovery we must take responsibility for the consequences of our actions.
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.