Step/Week 8, Day 3 – Amends: Encourage One Another
May 6, 2020 179
“In response to all He has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good” (Heb. 10:24).
Think back to your childhood. Were there times when you can remember someone encouraging you? Maybe during a sports event or your studies? Encouragement builds you up. It spurs you on to reach your goal. No more so when you’re on the journey to recovery.
Recalling those you’ve hurt and also, those that have hurt you, is more than likely to be a painful process, as you call to mind those situations that you’ve tried to forget, yet they’re still there in your life, and for another matter, they’re still causing you major problems in your relationships. It’s time to move on!
Can you think of just one thing God has done for you lately? I bet there are certainly more than one thing, but let’s keep it simple. What is your response to this? One of gratefulness, I hope!
Today’s verse shows a way of you responding to God and all that He is doing in your life, by being willing to be an encourager to those you know who are journeying the same road to recovery that you’re on. There’s a sense of healthy competition by the inclusion of the words, “let us outdo each other”. I like that. Not that I want to be better than anybody else, but these words will push me to want to give my best in encouraging others.
By “being helpful and kind” to each other, you are mirroring how God is treating you. Also, by “doing good”, you are showing God how serious you are about your recovery and showing other recoverees just how much, you care about them and their recovery. The way to recovery is through mutual interaction between God, yourself and others, as you encourage each other through the process of making a list of possible amends.
– Graham Hood
Personal Reflection: Other than God, do you have someone who encourages you? If you do, how does that make you feel, when they encourage you? Do you want to be an encourager? Ask God to help you develop a gift of encouraging others. Let Him be your example!