In Christ-centered recovery, the book of Romans has been referred to as “the Romans road to recovery.” This one book explains so eloquently the nature of sin and addiction. Paul writes this in Romans: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:15-20
These few lines of scripture speak volumes about the nature of addiction and compulsive behavior. Any of us who have ever been caught up in an addiction know there were times we did not want to use drugs, drink, gamble, sexually act out, or get pulled into any self-destructive behaviors. Our best efforts to try to do what we did not want to do seemed to fuel our addictions even more. The more we tried to gain control the more out of control we became.
We cannot change our nature. The more we try to do so, the more we get pulled into our sin nature. We are not without hope. Christ wants us to stop attempting to be lord over our own lives. We stop trying to stop our behavior and we turn to Christ. Christ is not interested in sin management. We turn our failed attempts to manage our lives over to Christ. The fuel for our addiction and compulsive behaviors has been depleted and we now rely on Christ instead of ourselves for real and lasting change.
Written by Jackell