In the 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Black Knight (John Clease) lost both arms in the heat of combat. He said to King Arthur (Graham Chapman), “It’s just a flesh wound.”
The Black Knight did what addicts of all stripes have been doing since the Garden. He minimized.
We only find freedom when we obey God’s command: “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and will cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Note the keyword – if. “If we confess our sins.”
You will never get ahead in your recovery by minimizing what you have done. Don’t let your past control you. But you do need to let it inform you.
Recovery Step: Don’t minimize the damage of your past. Face up to it, turn from it, and then move on.