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Ephesians 5:15-20, Against Drunkenness

Key Verse

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit.
— Ephesians 5:18

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

There’s a reason Paul preached against drunkenness. Sure, nearly everybody has had a little too much once or twice. But for many, a few drinks becomes too many, and too many becomes addiction. Up until the early 1930s, there was no cure and no reasonable treatment for addiction. Often people were locked up, put in insane asylums, or even lobotomized. There was nothing else to be done. Addiction was a fatal disease. Thanks to Bill W. and Dr. Bob, AA was born, and now there is a treatment that is effective for many. There is still no cure, however, and very few addicts maintain recovery even with AA and NA available worldwide.

If you believe you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can get help. Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings nearly every day nearly everywhere. Narcotics Anonymous also helps people all over the world.

If you have a loved one suffering from addiction, you may be at a loss about what to do. Family members tend to suffer similar symptoms of the disease as those who are addicted: illness, depression, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, insomnia, to name a few. In short, family members get sick, too, when a loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction. Al-Anon and Alateen are extremely useful in helping loved ones heal.

All of these programs teach one thing Christians have known for centuries: there is healing when we surrender to a higher power.

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