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Step 10: When we err, we immediately confess it and make restitution to those we have harmed.

 

Principle: Perseverance

Even though we strive to be Christlike, at times we fail. Our conversion is a lifelong process. We are responsible for the maintenance of our spiritual state of being which requires daily examination, repentance, confession, forgiveness and restitution. If we err, we need to address it immediately (within 24 hours is a good rule of thumb). It is a simple, easy practice which allows us to keep our side of the street clean in all relationships. This practice of righting our wrongs daily, results in true and lasting change from who we were to who we want to become.

Text or Verse

Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.
Psalms 26:2

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test.
2 Corinthians 13:5

Practice

Daily examination:

  1. Create a list of positive, Christ-like character traits you want to demonstrate in your daily life.
  2. Create a similar list of negative, un-Christlike character traits and behaviors which you area trying to stop.
  3. At the end of each day review both lists asking yourself honestly where you have succeeded and where you have failed.
  4. Review the consequences of your actions on others and determine if restitution is required to restore the relationship.
  5. Make restitution (within 24 hours if possible) if warranted.

Resources

Rohr, Richard OFM. How Do We Breathe Underwater? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality. Center for Action and Contemplation. (go to the Links menu to connect to the web-site)

Dick B. The Good Book and the Big Book. A.A.'s Roots in the Bible. Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 1997

Selby, Saul. Twelve Step Christianity. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000

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