Because God loved us first, we are able to love. God’s love for us is beyond our comprehension. At times we may think we know what unconditional love is but our understanding of love does not come close to the love of God. A mother might feel as if she can know unconditional love for her child. No matter what the child does, the mother will still love her child. However, because we are limited and are not God, we still fall short of God’s unimaginable love for us.
In our recovery groups, we demonstrate love for everyone who walks through the doors. We allow each person to be where they are without judgment. In this same way, God loves us. He meets us where we are and loves us no matter what we have done. God cannot love us any more than He does right now. God also cannot love us any less than he does right now. It’s not in His character to love us any less or any more than He does this very moment.
Recovery is the process of discovering God’s love for us and learning how to share that love with everyone. In recovery, there are going to be people with whom we can’t get along, people who are not likable, and people who have opinions with which we may not agree. We are called to love one another, no matter how difficult the person is. God loved us when we were unlovable, so we, in turn, must love those who are hard to love. God is love. To love others is to know God. This is the heart of our recovery.
Written by Jackell