Known but Not Rejected
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
One thing we gain through recovery groups is the support of people who love and accept us, even though they know all about us. This kind of support is well worth telling others about.
Jesus met a Samaritan woman by a well in the middle of a hot day. She didn't have the best reputation. He knew she was thirsty for more than just water. She was thirsty for acceptance and love, something that Jesus gave her. After their talk, "the woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?' So the people came streaming from the village to see him. . . . Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, ‘He told me everything I ever did!' " (John 4:28-30, 39).
This woman had gone through five broken marriages and was living with a man who wasn't her husband. She was despised in her community and rejected. When she met someone who knew all of this but accepted her anyway, she spread the news. We, too, can find God's love and acceptance in recovery groups and tell others about the support available. Then they can come and find recovery for themselves.
We will find new courage when we discover that we are known by God, but not rejected.
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.