Step 4: Part 1 Examining the Inside of the Cup


In part one of step four, Manny introduces the process of "cleaning the inside of our cups." According to Jesus, the Greatest Commandment is two-fold: Love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves. When we fail to love God with all our hearts, we commit idolatry. This "cup-cleaning" process of submitting ourselves to examination by the Spirit, exposes idolatry so we can be set free to love God with our whole hearts, and love others as we love ourselves.


This is a series about how God changes us from the heart. We saw that the fruit of the Spirit is a picture of a changed life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That’s the destination. The way we get there is by living in the Spirit. The Bible tells us what it means to live by the Spirit and Bill W. and Dr. Bob who wrote 12-step recovery program did a great job distilling it from the Big Big Book, the Bible. So, we are going to look at what it means to live by the Spirit as we look at the process outlined in the 12-step recovery program; and as we do this, we are going to do this from the perspective of its biblical roots just as the co-founders did.
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