Our actions show more of the depth of our love and concern for others than do our words. True love is not just saying that you care or love someone, but demonstrating that love to them. To do this, we need to understand a few things. Demonstrating love for others who desperately need to see the love of Christ can be difficult. Many of us who came through the doors of recovery have not been easy to love. We tended to be selfish and entitled when we first started recovery. Showing the love of Christ to new people in recovery is going to require patience and understanding.
While we were still sinners, Christ loved us. Christ died for all of us while we were being extremely difficult to love. He died for all the people who were mocking and making fun of Him on the cross. He died for the people who condemned Him. He died for everyone, everywhere, so that we would all be able to experience eternity with Him and the Father. Christ died for us while we were at our worst.
Someone once said that his recovery group loved him back to life. We can’t just give lip service, saying we love people, but do nothing to demonstrate that love. Demonstrating our love means that we are available to listen and will not be judgemental nor try to fix them. We are here to support, love, and allow the Holy Spirit to provide healing and comfort. Our main task in recovery is to show others the love of Christ, so that they too are loved back to life.