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Step Six ~ Part 1: Questions
“Became entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
In Steps 4 and 5, we learned that we have many defects of character, many traits that harm us in our relations with ourselves, other people, and our Higher Power. Hopefully, we have also discovered and listed our many assets, traits that help us in these relationships. Often, a character defect is an asset running wild or in the wrong direction. For example, a strong sense of justice can become self-righteousness or resentment at what seems unfair but may sometimes just be things not going our way. Kindness can turn to excessive people pleasing.
It is important to recognize that we can’t get rid of our character defects on our own. This may take us some time and effort to recognize.
1. Do I believe I can overcome and remove my character defects by myself? Why or why not?
2. Do I like certain of my character defects, find them useful or necessary? If so, which defects and why? What purpose do they serve?
3. If it is too daunting to consider living without what may seem to be protective character defects, can I be willing this week to consider what life might be like without one of them? More than one? Is it not knowing what I will be like without them that makes it hard to be ready to have them removed?
4. Ask yourself: Do I trust the process? Do I trust that Higher Power can and will remove my character defects in a loving, healing way?
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