Grace is the language of gift.
More than just being something given freely rather than earned, gifts evoke gratitude. The title of this site suggests that addiction itself can be seen as a kind of gift. Can one be grateful for addiction? Let me tell you why I am.
I am immensely grateful, not for any of the addictive behaviour, or any of the pain it caused me and others, but for the way that addiction has forced me – eventually – to come to my senses, fall to my knees, give up the con, and get real.
I now enjoy a quality of life that I had almost entirely given up on hoping for. My relationships with my wife, our child, and with God are all on very healthy trajectories. I can’t know what quality of life I’d have now, if I hadn’t faced the struggle, pain and consequences that I had to face because of addiction. But I feel compelled to gratitude anyway, for the life I now have.
As Paul writes in Romans, Sin was able to ‘use’ the Law to grow even more powerful. By contrast, Grace was able to ‘use’ Sin to abound even more powerfully. Whatever we understand the Evil One to be, it meant for addiction to destroy me. But the God of Grace, who obviously never ‘wants’ anyone to sin or struggle with addiction, nonetheless planned or ‘meant’ it for my good.
All is grace.