Recovery - 12 Steps and their Biblical Comparisons
1: We admitted we were
powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our
lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
2: We came to believe that a
power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His
3: We made a decision to
turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer
your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is
your spiritual act of worship
4: We made a searching
and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the
5: We admitted to God, to
ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other
that you may be healed.
6: We were entirely ready to
have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.
7: We humbly asked Him to
remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
8: We made a list of all
persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when
to do so would injure them or others.
you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your
brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of
the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and
offer your gift.
10: We continued to take
personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't
11: We sought through prayer
and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying
only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
12: Having had a
spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry
this message to others and to practice these principles in all our
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual
should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be