8 Principles

These and the 8 Principles, they’re are based on Matthew 5 “The Beatitudes”, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. They are also an acrostic for RECOVERY in Celebrate Recovery:

Principle 1

Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am
powerless to control my tendency to do the
wrong thing and that my life is

Happy are those who know they are
spiritually poor.
~ Matthew 5:3

Principle 2

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I
matter to Him, and that he has the power
to help me recover.

Happy are those who mourn, for they
shall be comforted.
~ Matthew 5:4

Principle 3

Consciously choose to commit all my life
and will to Christ’s care and control.

Happy are the meek.
~ Matthew 5:5

Principle 4

Openly examine and confess my faults to
myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

Happy are the pure in heart.
~ Matthew 5:8

Principle 5

Voluntarily submit to every change God
wants to make in my life and humbly ask
Him to remove my character defects.

Happy are those whose greatest desire
is to do what God requires.
~ Matthew 5:6

Principle 6

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer
forgiveness to those who have hurt me
and make amends for harm I have done
to others, except when to do so would
harm them or others.

Happy are the merciful.
~ Matthew 5:7
Happy are the peacemakers.
~ Matthew 5:9

Principle 7

Reserve a daily time with God for selfexamination,
Bible reading, and prayer in
order to know God and His will for my life
and to gain the power to follow His will.

Principle 8

Yield myself to God to be used to bring
this Good News to others, both by my
example and by my words.

Happy are those who are persecuted
because they do what God requires.
~ Matthew 5:10

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