Day 21 – Developing Endurance

 

Recently I was talking to a friend about the reasons he wasn’t getting serious about getting free.  He was afraid of failure. Even more than that, he was afraid to admit to someone else that he had failed.  So it kept him from taking that first step and being vulnerable with someone. 

 

Here’s what he didn’t realize and what I didn’t know either.  Messing up or relapsing is not failure. It’s expected.  

 

When you train your brain for years towards one habit, just declaring you are going to start a new habit doesn’t mean that it just happens.  It takes time. Part of recovery is messing up and then telling someone you messed up.  

 

It’s so hard but I think it’s why recovery is beautiful.  It’s so good for us to go through the process. And it’s why guys that have recovered are thriving.   They developed endurance.

 

And you and your friends can have this too.   

 

Today’s task is to read the passage below and answer the questions. 

 

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:3-5

 

  1. Read this scripture 3 different times. Put 60 seconds on your stopwatch and just think about this verse.  What resonates with you?

 

  1. According to the verse, why can we rejoice when we run into problems and trials? And in your opinion, how does this relate to our quest for healthy sexual habits?

 

  1. What do we learn about God in this passage and how do you think knowing this is helpful?

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