Drug Addicts are Wonderfully Made
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb. .
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;"
If I am honest with myself this scripture isn't the first thing that comes to mind when I think of someone who is addicted to drugs. More along the lines of "Oh my gosh how could they let themselves get like that?". Many times I have noticed even though I myself was addicted to drugs, I will judge a drug addict because of their clothes or their dirty appearance, instead of honoring who they really are. Looking past the appearance of a drug addict is a challenge but if I use the eyes of Jesus it is possible.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always Hope's, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:4~7
When Jesus found me I was 20 lbs underweight, I had scabs all over from picking at my skin, I had 3 different hair colors, I was sleeping with a man for a place to stay, and I was still using drugs. I was about to lose my rights as a mother because I was a slave and couldn't quit. I was a liar, a deceiver, a thief, a manipulator, I used people just to get by. I had one good outfit and I wore it almost every day. When I look back at who I was it is embarrassing that I was ever that person. I was unlovable and unlovely. The funny thing is when people wouldn't get near me because I picked my face so bad it looked as if I was diseased, Jesus called me lovely. He saw past my disgust and my dirt and my despair and He told me He loved me. He didn't care about my outward appearance, He cared about my heart's condition and it was very sick.
"We love because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19
Why should I love someone who chooses to stay in an unhealthy lifestyle and chooses drugs over their own children? The same reason I should love someone who is gay, or straight, or black, or white or Democrat or Republican because it's what Jesus does. People who use drugs didn't decide when they were children playing with blocks or dolls that they wanted to have horrible things happen to them in their lives causing them to turn to drugs as a form of comfort. More often than not when hearing the story of someone who uses drugs one will find pain, rejection, abandonment, false hope, failures, or abuse of some kind. It's time to look past the outward appearance and see to the heart of an addict to love them past their mistakes in this life.
"but God shows His love for us in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Love came in the form of Jesus and changed the world in a mighty way. If His love alone can change me and my future generations to come, He can change many more. I was in a jail cell hopeless when He extended His kindness and His grace and His love for me. It was that and that alone that helped me change. It wasn't a meeting or a counselor, it wasn't a self-help book or a motivational speaker, it was Jesus and His love for me. When I felt no worth He told me I was worthy. When I felt ugly He called me His beloved. I have the opportunity to share this same kind of love to hurting people everywhere, and as long as I am alive I will do just that. My only prayer is that others start to do the same so the world can begin to change.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
Love should be given to more than just the like-minded. Fearfully and wonderfully made are the unlovable drug addicts. Love them so much they quit turning to drugs and start looking for the source, Jesus. If He did it for me He can do it for them too.
"And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."