Christian Repentance Step Three Alcoholic Anonymous

Repentance as a Christian
is found in Step Three of Alcoholic Anonymous
We turn our will and our lives over to God, as we understand God.

A follower of Jesus approaches Step Three
of Alcoholic Anonymous

Repentance Step Three

“Made a decision, to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God,


That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh. his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:45 – Bible Gateway

as I understand Him, He gave me Jesus Christ.

Who was born of a virgin, lived, taught, suffered, died, and was resurrected .. for me –  that I might repent of all worldly ways, forsaking all to follow Him.

I repent of my old self, my negative self-talk, the things that have held me in bondage to this world.  Today is a new day and with a renewed repentance,

I give my will and my life over to the care of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

I choose The Simplicity and Freedom that is Christ from this day forward.





Freedom/repentance from the bondage of man 

Liberty/repentance from the ‘Bondage of self.’

  • negativities – self-denigration
  • plans and designs
  • judgment of others
  • expectations
  • assumptions
  • ideas about how things should be – ideologies, securities
  • gossip
  • vanities
  • self-harming spending
  • emotional self-harm
  • struggle against circumstances

From this day forward may God’s will be done in my life.

Third Step Prayers.

God, I offer myself to Thee To build with me & to do with me as Thou will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy love & Thy way of life.


2 replies
  1. Gary
    Gary says:

    Seems you have overlooked a pivotal concept in the 12 step program – god as you understand him.
    I am 31 years sober and a RECOVERED Southern Baptist.

  2. Gary
    Gary says:

    I appreciate your response, and hope I did not offend. I have known I was gay since I was
    five years old, did not know what to call it, but was indoctrinated that the only thing God
    would not tolerate was being queer. Incredibly long story between then and when I was ordered
    into the rooms of AA. The words “as you understand him (God)” saved my life, and in fact
    gave me a life.

    I share that just to provide a perspective of my resistance to any kind of religion.




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