I think recovery is Biblical, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is in the recycling business. He takes filthy sinners and through His love, His light and His guidance, helps them to see the Truth, that that filth doesn't help them nor anyone around them, and to love ourselves enough to stop, and to allow ourselves to be cleaned by His blood, reassured of our worth because He loved us, so we must be worth something.
While the word “recovery” doesn’t appear in scripture, it is very much biblical! Jesus even quoted scripture- Isaiah 61in Luke 4:18. He came to recover us from our sin! The whole bible is about recovery through the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many examples of prominent people who had to go through the recovery process by repenting and following God. Examples like Moses, Samson, Rahab, David, Peter, Martha, Mary, Thomas and Paul. And we, too, are being refined just as they were.
As for how we treat our spouses, that’s clearly laid out in Ephesians 5:22-33. Both sides have a responsibility to fulfill. No one is exempt from forgiveness either. But, Jesus does say that if there is adultery in the marriage, divorce is possible. While no one wants to just dump their spouse, if that wayward spouse shows no repentance, then He has provided a way out from such abuse.
Feelings and emotions? David and the Psalmists were constantly sharing about their emotions, the ups, the downs, the anger, rage and the hope that they had in God! Job shares his emotions as well, the pain, fear and confusion. And even Jesus shared His emotions with us: He wept, was angry, heavy with pain knowing what He’d have to endure on that cross, was glad, had compassion and He had joy!
Shoots, we are ALL in recovery whether it be from sex addiction or idolizing our children. We are all being sanctified through our trials here on earth. I don’t know what lies beneath your statement that “recovery is not biblical”, but I sense that you are going through a time of pain and perhaps doubt. Allow Jesus to come in to those painful parts and heal you. That’s what He came here for!
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2018 13:15:05 GMT -7 by ladystrong: Too many thoughts, too little time 😆
I think that the world's definition of recovery and the Biblical definition are both very different. Worldly recovery looks like me getting over my addiction and never having to deal with that again. But Biblical recovery is a lifelong process of sanctification through Jesus Christ. So I believe that the word, "recovery" is Biblical. But many people misunderstand what "recovery" actually means. Like Will and Ladystrong have already pointed out; there are many example of recovery in the Bible.