As we begin to see how unique and special we are--embraced and accepted by God Himself--our strides toward recovery should grow faster and longer.
Note on Life Recovery Bible, page 665
Are you serene?
Lack of serenity creates a fertile field for anger, resentment, envy, fear, and self-centeredness. Any of these can drive a compulsive overeater into a binge.
Despite others actions, forgiveness is our choice.
Decide to forgive. The feelings will follow.
A few years ago, my husband and I had a local man do us wrong in business. The hardest part was we considered the man a friend , not just a business associate. It hurt. I asked God to help me forgive. I turned it over to God, and made a decision to let it go.
However, living in the same town, I ran into the man from time to time. I couldn't speak to him. Those angry feelings immobilized me and choked off my air. I would turn aside without comment, only to fall on my knees and plead with God to rid me of this turmoil.
One day, I walked into a graduation party for the son of a mutual friend. The ex-business partner was there.
I waited for the feelings to choke me, but nothing happened.
I walked toward the man who had wronged us.
He hugged me. "It's so good to see you," he said.
"It's good to see you, too." God's miracle was complete. The anger had left. I was glad to acknowledge him again as a friend.
Now, that didn't absolve the man from doing us wrong, but it put it between him and God, where it belongs. My conscience was clear. I had forgiven.
To be free of compulsion, we must have serenity.
To have serenity, we must forgive.
To forgive, we must rely on God's doing the work through us.