Fr. Patrick writes: Breaking the Sin Cycle

A walk with God, Day 28: Breaking the Sin Cycle

Lent gives us an opportunity to end the cycle of repeated sins through grace. St. Paul will say, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing…what a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” This shows the reality of our inability to control, change or improve many things in our lives; but the other reality is that if we do not make a conscious effort to work on these weakness, they become habitual and over time, may even become ‘normal’. I, therefore, propose these six (6) steps as an aid to curtail this cycle:

1. Admit that you are powerless over that particular sin and accept and believe that a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity.
2. Make a decision to turn your life and your will over to the care of God and make a searching inventory of yourself.
3. Admit to God and to yourself the exact nature of your sin and be entirely ready to turn over a new leaf.
4. Humbly ask God to remove all your shortcomings and all defects of character.
5. Make a list of all persons you have harmed and be willing to make amends to them all.
6. When you are wrong, promptly admit it and seek through prayer and meditation to improve your conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for you, and power to carry that out.

Indeed we cannot save ourselves; however, we need to cooperate with God’s grace. St. Augustine will say, “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.” Let’s accept our brokenness and place the pieces in the tender, merciful hands of God to mould us anew and make us fit for eternal life. Don’t let this season of grace pass you by without the needed transformation.

Read:📖 Luke 19:1-10
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for all those who have addictions of any form
Action:👉🏽 Go for Confession

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