As a Christian, God plays a significant role in your life. As you worship, pray, and read His word, you are doing all you can to live your life in devotion to Christ.
However, no one is perfect. Even Christians make mistakes and sin, no matter how much time is spent studying the Bible or living a good, productive life. This is especially true when it comes to substance abuse. Many Christians drink socially and are able to reconcile consumption with faith, but drunkenness and addiction are clear sins in the eyes of the Lord.
Addiction can happen to anyone, no matter age, faith, or creed. Falling victim to the pleasing effects of drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean you’re a bad Christian or a bad person; it simply means you’re human. However, this isn’t always easy to accept. Many Christians feel deep shame when confronting addiction. They may feel abandoned by God or as if they have let God down.
When coming to terms with addiction, it’s important to realize that you are not alone. God loves you and will forgive you, especially as you recommit to sobriety and seek treatment for your pain and suffering.
Will God Forgive Me?
Making mistakes that go against God’s teachings can be very hard to bear, especially for those who feel as if they have rejected their faith forever in the course of their transgressions. This is, of course, not true. If you are ready to admit your mistakes, seek forgiveness, and work to overcome your sins, you are able to seek forgiveness from Christ and deepen the bonds of your relationship with Him.
1 John 1:9 states that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When you are ready to give control over to God, you may seek the forgiveness you deserve.
The Road to Forgiveness
While God is willing to forgive the sins of his followers, simply asking isn’t enough. These steps can help you work through your feelings and struggles as a Christian to seek forgiveness and dedicate yourself once more to the teachings of Christ.
1. Acknowledge Your Sins
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.”
Before you can seek forgiveness, you must accept the reality of wrongdoings. This step involves coming to terms with the mistakes you made and being prepared to confess to the wrong you have done.
2. Confess to God
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
While God is omnipotent and omnipresent, forgiveness requires true confession. In order to receive the forgiveness you seek, you must confess your mistakes and take ownership of your actions.
3. Change Your Behavior
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
In order to truly work through your sins and prove to both God and yourself that you are committed to a better life, it’s important to show your dedication to a Christ-like existence. This means changing your behavior and resisting the temptation to sin. While this can be a challenge when confronting an addiction, seeking outside help in order to change your behavior may be the best course of action.
4. Seek Forgiveness From Others
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Admitting to wrongdoing does not erase the mistakes you have made. If your drinking or drug use hurt those around you, it’s important to atone for your transgressions. In order to unburden your soul, you must seek forgiveness from those you have wronged and make restitution whenever possible.
5. Ask God for Forgiveness
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
—2 Chronicles 7:14
After accepting your mistakes, confessing to God, changing your behavior, and seeking forgiveness from others you have wronged, you are finally ready to ask for forgiveness for your sins. As long as you are pure and honest in your dedication to move beyond your mistakes, God will forgive you for your transgressions and help you to lead a better life in His image.
Seeking and receiving forgiveness for your sins isn’t an easy journey, but it’s a necessary step in strengthening your relationship with God. However, overcoming addiction isn’t something you can do alone. When you are seeking Christian help in recovery, Road to Freedom is here for you. Offering faith-based resources, Bible study, and Christian counseling, our team is can help you rediscover sobriety and move forward with confidence. Please contact us at (844) 402-3605 to get the help you deserve.