Alcohol and drug abuse can be the cause of tearing a family apart, ruining friendships and even putting people into a dark place. But remain hopeful and help those in need and God will look after you.
Drugs and alcohol can have serious consequences not only on one’s health, but on the relationships in their lives too. They can be dangerous and tear souls, spirits and physical beings apart and so many people are left suffering. By standing in a faithful position, one can beat any of these temptations.
The Bible has so many meaningful teachings for it’s readers, and when we look closely, they can mean and positively impact humanity so much: 1. Ephesians 2:8 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
A woman that I came across recently who is now a very good friend was happy to share her story. Throughout her life she has had parents who drank every evening, and although she didn’t know that it would affect her as a child, now that she is older she has to live with the trauma (or had to).
She told me: “I never thought anything of it growing up as it was all I knew. I used to see my parents argue almost every night, there used to be blood sometimes and vicious words being said.”
Luke 21:34 in the Bible teaches: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”
It can happen that easily and a child’s sense of normality can be fragmented yet they may know no different. When a child then grows up and try’s to find their place in the world they can feel out of place, and that’s when the disturbances from the past can be haunting.
However, Colossians 3:13 in the Bible teaches us to: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
By letting go and forgiving we are also forgiving ourselves, and a lot of weight can be lifted. It will have a tremendously positive affect on the person that can forgive, as every day will be a new day on this earth, something we should all be so thankful for.
The lady who so kindly shared her story continued to say: “I lived with my dark past for such a long time until I went to church.
“Within a few months I felt like I had forgiven so much and now my relationships all around me have improved.
“I feel like I can fully love my parents again. I feel like a better person for it.”
For practising Christians we should all be sharing the word of God and the brilliant gift that we all possess: to love and cherish everyone. We all have the blessing of being able to bring joy and laughter into people’s lives, and if we can encourage more people to find hope again and bring light to their life, would we not be fulfilling under the act of God? We certainly would.
Written by Gemma Smith