“He has a good heart.”
We hear that a lot. But is it the “heart” that really matters? Said another way, if the heart is good, but our actions don’t align with the desires of our heart, what good is it?
We find this revealing description of a little-known king named Asa. “The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was loyal all his days” (2 Chronicles 15:17).
Translation: You can have a “good heart,” but if “high places” still remain in your life, you’re in trouble.
Asa had a good heart, but his behavior didn’t line up. And that wasn’t good enough. Likewise, you can have all the right motives, but if those motives don’t drive you to do the hard work of recovery, something’s not working.
Recovery Step: Oswald Chambers said, “As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, neither can you take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual.” The same is true of recovery.