“And this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God” (John 17:3).
There is this dichotomy in life. On one side we have what we love, but on the other side we have how we live. For those mired in addiction, this becomes a daily battle.
I love my God, yet I break his commands. I love my wife, yet I still watch porn. I love my kids, yet I spend money on bad habits.
Eventually, I would argue, love wins out over live. In her book, Chase, Jennie Allen writes, “What we love determines how we live.”
I suggest that as a Christ-follower, you can live in your addiction, but you won’t stay there. You just can’t. There is this nagging voice that must eventually be heard. It is the voice of your Savior from his cross, or perhaps your wife from her tears.
Recovery Step: Recovery begins with your first love. That would be God. Most often, God doesn’t tell me what he is going to do. That’s because he’s too busy revealing to me who he is. So who is God? I suggest he is the one worth loving – so much, in fact, that who you love will determine how you live.