Many of us in recovery know and study the 12 steps. We try to apply the biblical principles contained in the twelve steps to our daily lives. However, many of us don’t know how and where the 12 steps originated. The writers of the 12 steps were evangelical Christians. They were involved in a movement called “The Oxford Group” that was out of England. The Oxford group lived by 4 simple principles that they considered the basis of Christ’s teachings. They were honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love, referred to as The Four Absolutes
The Four Absolutes were initially written in 1904 by Christian author Robert Speer, and later would become the central teachings of The Oxford Group. Robert Speer credits the Beatitudes from Matthew 5 for the inspiration of The Four Absolutes. The 12 steps were derived from The Four Absolutes and from Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, The Beatitudes.
Our Christ-centered recovery 12 steps are Christ-breathed and spoken. Christ spoke the words of the Beatitudes 2000 years ago, and His words are changing lives, communities, and this world. When we live our lives in honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love, we are going to witness the full power of Christ in every moment of our lives. Christ gave us the way to live our lives as Believers in Him. We live our lives with honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love to glorify and honor Him.
Written by Jackell.