The Apostle Paul wrote about  he concept of people living life in the community.  In this way, lives are reconstructed. With this in mind, explain the statement-"Recovery and freedom from the...

The Apostle Paul wrote about  he concept of people living life in the community.  In this way, lives are reconstructed. With this in mind, explain the statement-"Recovery and freedom from the bondage of addiction is fundamentally an inside-out issue".

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Examine this passage: 

1 Thessalonians 5:14 

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

Paul, here, clearly says that we are to help our "brothers" who are idle, faint of heart, or weak. Each of these are "heart" issues. This means that though we can encourage idle brothers not to be idle, we cannot FORCE them to remove their idleness. They must do it themselves. Reviewing your statement above, you said, "recovery and freedom from the bondage of addiction is fundamentally and inside-out issue". An inside-out issue means that addiction is a "heart issue". We have to make a choice (sometimes just one, sometimes every day, sometimes every five minutes) to resist an addiction. Paul would argue, I believe, that we should help the addicted and, here's the real kicker, we should be patient with them all. This means that every time we see addiction occur, we should be patient with them. Paul would argue that we should walk alongside the addicted and not abandon them--though it is ultimately their choice to change, they certainly need our support.

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