If a struggle has a name, then someone else has experienced that same struggle. There is a relief in hearing others in recovery talk about struggles that are like our own. Many of us kept silent about our struggles out of fear that no one else would understand. We kept our hurts hidden out of fear and shame.
Recovery is a place where we learn we are not alone in our struggles. There is a great relief that comes from finding out that others have experienced similar problems. We can also experience a breakthrough in our denial at the same time. It’s now okay to not be okay. In recovery, we learn that all of us are broken and in need of healing through Christ.
God’s promise is that we will not be tempted beyond what we can endure with His help. He will always give us a way out. The way out of temptation is never through isolation. God gives us community, sharing our burdens with each other, and being honest with ourselves as ways out of any temptation. The more we are open and honest about our struggles, the less we are trapped in temptation. We no longer are held in bondage by our secret struggles. God has given us a key to open the prison cell of temptation. Freedom awaits us when we become open and honest about our temptations and struggles.
Written by Jackell.