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The Three R's of Spiritual Recovery

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Most of you (at least those who are older) could answer the question: What are the three Rs? We know the phrase, "Readin', ‘Riting, ‘n' ‘Rithmetic." Last Monday's newspaper contained an article entitled "The three Rs of financial recovery." The focus on responsibility, regret, and repair caused me to think of even more important "R" words. I recently read an article outlining the three Rs of devotional time: relax, read, reflect.

The subject of this article is three spiritual Rs. These are eternal Rs. Have you considered the three Rs of spiritual recovery? Many people in our nation and world recognize their lack of spirituality, but cannot find a solution. Troubles are on every hand, but gaining control of the troubles of this life is no mere human endeavor. It is possible to find renewal and restoration, but the answers are not within ourselves.

I. Responsibility.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding us, we must learn to take full responsibility. We are free morally. We can decide. Meaningful recovery demands a recognition of our own responsibility before God. Concede that the problem is sin, confront the problem, and commit to change with God's help. We are responsible.

II. Repentance.
The Bible word for regret is repentance. This is both regret and reconsideration which commits to going another direction. The Bible distinguishes godly sorrow from worldly sorrow. Repentance is more than being sorry--it represents a change.

III. Restoration.
Renewal and restoration are not the world of men, but of God. Men may be able to repair broken financial situations, but only God can provide redemption and reconciliation eternally. Both are essential to genuine recovery. Redemption provides the solution to sin, reconciliation restores broken relationships between God and his creation and between human beings.

The three Rs of eternity never end. The process of responsibility, repentance, and restoration is constant. The good news of the gospel is that every spiritual situation can be restored more rapidly than you can dream or imagine, because the power is from God.


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