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If you don’t put Jesus in the biggest hole in your soul, you’ll be drawn to the wrong people. You’ll be drawn to the wrong things, wrong substances. Addictions are a way of looking for the unconditional love that God wired you for.
The most common denominator amongst counseling clients is the feeling that they've been overlooked in their pain. Jesus sees us in our pain, and while we are still filthy, disfigured, stinky, repugnant, and contagious, Jesus holds us and heals us of our disease.
Obedience is the fruit of gratitude. If we get what Jesus has done for us, we will be compelled to love the people in ditches around us and become more like the Samaritan than those caught up in legalism.
We may feel bent over physically, emotionally, spiritually...sick and tired of being sick and tired. We may feel like our request or concern is too small or insignificant to God, but we are never an interruption to Jesus - he's always ready for a beautiful unbending.