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What Would Jesus Say to Someone Struggling with Alcoholism? 

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Alcoholism destroys lives and causes people to stumble. Addicts and their families often find themselves questioning God, wondering why addiction is controlling them and even taking the lives of loved ones. Every day, however, even during the darkest moments, God is here and He will guide us if we follow Him. Focusing on God and our Savior, Jesus, we can gain strength and guidance, and experience true love and a feeling of connectedness to God. If we listen, we can hear the words of our Savior, Jesus, which will help even the worst addict find true hope. Christian rehab allows the addict to hear God’s words through Bible study, prayer, and connections with other believing mentors. Jesus’ words below will renew the mind and transform the attitudes of the heart.
  1. “I love you and I offer you free forgiveness.” One of the sweetest passages in the Bible is John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus loves everyone, even the alcoholic who has turned away from Him, and Jesus showed that love by sacrificing Himself as the payment for sin.
  1. “I love you even when you make mistakes.” God tells us in Jeremiah 31:34 that “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” For those struggling with alcoholism, guilt is a huge barrier to accepting help. It is normal to feel undeserving of a happy life when guilt haunts us, but Jesus says none of that matters. He loves us and heals us through His free and full forgiveness. Now we get to live with peace and hope for the future.
  1. “I will help you carry your burden.” Not only does God not leave us alone, even in the midst of addiction, but He promises to help us. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Recovery is a tiring and difficult process, but Jesus says He will be right there, helping us along the way. He will make our path easier by giving us His strength.
  1. “You are my family.” Jesus calls us his brothers, sisters, and friends a number of times in the Bible. “On behalf of a man, He pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:21) This has lasting implications for those who have ruined relationships with their loved ones and burned bridges with friends. A close relationship with Jesus is all we really need, and He will be the source of the love and forgiveness we have with others in this world.
  1. “I have set you free.” Alcoholism takes people captive, causing them to be a slave to drinking. Jesus sets us free. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) Sin, including alcoholism, drags us down, weighs on our hearts, and crushes our spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we trust in God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ. This means that when we are having difficult days, when recovery seems too hard to handle, we can turn to God and remember His promise to set us free.
  1. “Satan wants to destroy, but I came to save.” Jesus gives us new life; we no longer have to live in fear of sin or death. “The thief, Satan, came to steal, kill, and destroy, but I came that you would have life abundantly.” (John 10:10) Not only does Jesus want us to have a good life, but He wants to give us a life filled with abundant blessings. As we journey through addiction and recovery, we can be filled with the hope and expectation that God has good things in store for us, despite our shortcomings and failures.
  1. “I came to bring you peace.” Going through alcohol rehab and recovery is a long and difficult process, full of important decisions and life changes. God promises to be with us the entire time, giving us peace and comfort. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3) All we need to do is keep our eyes and mind on God, and He will guide us into His perfect peace.