Recovery is Active, Not Passive

I used to want to be passive. I wanted God to fix me. I wanted other people to fix me. I felt inanimate and unconscious. But that the same time I rejected what God was trying to tell me and what he was trying to do in my life. I just would not listen. I just would not obey.

“The grace of God, in renewing us, engages and employs us.We are not like inanimate, unconscious wood that is sawn or passive stone that is chiseled. God does not work on us, but *in* us to *will* and to *do* His good pleasure. He is the author of repentance, by enabling *us* to exercise repentance. He is the giver of faith, as he teaches and aids *us* to believe.” — William Jay [Paraphrase]

It is so true that God does not work on us, but in us to will and to do His good pleasure. I have to be open and receptive to Him. I have to be willing to change and try new things. Part of this is learning what repentance really is and exercising repentance.

There was a Christians in Recovery Thought the other day that talked about repentance too:

The word translated as “repentance” in the New Testament is “metanoia.” It refers to a complete change of mind, a total reversal of life values and purpose and life. Repentance is not just an understanding of sin but also an *anticipation* of God’s mercy and grace.

On a daily basis we need to anticipate and expect God’s mercy and grace in my life. Repent, anticipate and expect are all active verbs. There is nothing passive about recovery or being a Christian!

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