Tolerance is something each of us has to learn when we enter the rooms of recovery. Something beautiful is happening in our recovery meetings. People from every walk of life are seeking hope and healing. There are those who are financially secure sharing in our share groups with those who might be homeless. We have every race gathering together for the purpose of growing and maturing in Christ. People who struggle with mental health issues are also welcomed openly into our fellowships. No one is disqualified from the hope and healing that come from Jesus Christ.
Everyone is equal at the foot of the cross. There are no “us and them” in our recovery groups. We have servant leaders who have usually been in recovery longer than most. These leaders are there primarily to make sure the meetings run smoothly and to give the group some accountability. These leaders also help the recovery through stay accountable to the church. However, in spite of all these duties, they are participants like everyone else and are in need of Jesus’ healing also. Leaders continue to come to our groups to receive healing just as much as the person just entering the doors of recovery.
Christ said, “The first will be last and the last will be first” Matthew 20:16. We must show humility, grace, and tolerance in all our dealings with each other. People are going to come into our recovery groups who are very different from ourselves. They are going to bring their baggage, along with their prejudices and intolerance of others. None of us came to recovery because life was great and we just needed a new place to hang out. We all got into recovery because life was difficult and we desperately needed change. As Believers already in recovery, we are called to demonstrate the love of Christ to each person who enters the doors of our meetings looking for healing. Love will win out every time.
Written by Jackell.