“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” These words from Jesus, recorded in Matthew 12:34 b (NKJV), are particularly applicable when it comes to addictions and our efforts at recovery. So, let’s take an honest look at what our hearts are really saying about us and our recovery.
Regardless of what the struggle, addicts do not like their activities, attitudes, and actions scrutinized. They prefer to keep their actions hidden, secret, and private to avoid the guilt and shame or other, more severe, repercussions. But this hiding will only last for so long before it is revealed. Again, Jesus tells us, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:19 & 20)
However, verbalizing our thoughts is not the only way our hearts speak. You have heard it said that ‘actions speak louder than words’. This saying is particularly true in the life of a recovering addict. While you may be relatively successful at controlling the actual words that come out of your mouth, your actions and attitude will frequently reveal the true state of your heart, and the status of your recovery.
For example, let’s say you have an issue with your Boss or a Department policy, but you refuse to directly address the issue and, instead, stuff your feelings and pretend there is nothing wrong. Sooner or later the bitterness and resentment you are harboring will become apparent, either through your speaking your disdain aloud, or your actions and body language will scream out the issues in your heart. As Jesus states in Mark 4:22, “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.”
Instead, we are to continue to “walk in the Light” (1 John 1:7) as we seek to follow God’s leading towards recovery, healing, and a right relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Then it can be said of us, “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:21)
Let’s listen to what our hearts are truly saying, and then take remedial actions as required!
Taking Every Thought Captive!