N.A., Honesty and Authenticity

Thursday evening was a new experience for me as a minister.  I attended a Narcotics Anonymous meeting as a guest.

The meeting was nice.  Everyone there is the same.  They all know their failures, mistakes, and addictions, so they have nothing to hide.  Even greater, they all know who they are becoming by the grace of God as they learn to live in sobriety. The meeting ended with every person, including myself, coming together in a circle and joining arms to pray together.

There is something that a person said during the sharing time that has stuck with me.  This person said, “Thank you for loving me enough that I can be who I am with you and admit I am wrong, when I am wrong.”

I’m guessing there’s a few Christians who wish they could be this honest and authentic in church.  Ya’ think?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

– The Apostle Paul, Colossians 3:12-14

One response to “N.A., Honesty and Authenticity

  1. Every person in that room had some level of a bottoming out experience, where they realized they simply could not go on. And then through the program they learned that God could restore them, and would if they pressed for it and were patient.

    This is a microcosm of the Christian experience — we realize how far we’ve gone from Him, and it causes us to seek him.

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