"All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins." Romans 3:23-24 CEV
Thoughts for Today
Some people involved in pornography think that pursuing sex will bring fulfillment, but the law of diminishing returns prevents them from finding contentment. This law is the idea that what satisfies today does not satisfy tomorrow. They experience a continually increasing appetite for more, an appetite that is never satisfied.
People may begin by visiting a pornographic website just out of curiosity or watching an x-rated movie with friends "just to be good company." An occasional look often escalates to a daily habit. This habit can grow from viewing Internet sites or movies to magazines to hard-core pornography and deviant behaviors. Nothing ever fully satisfies, and so there is always a desire for more.
Most people are ashamed and embarrassed to admit their addiction to pornography. Christians may think that they are the only one in their church who has fallen into the trap. But statistics show differently. Sadly, a large percentage of Christians, and even pastors, are struggling with or addicted to pornography.
If you or someone you know is addicted to pornography, it is important to step beyond that shame and embarrassment that keep the sin hidden. An addiction built on lies can only be overcome with truth. Truth to yourself about your addiction. Truth to your pastor, admitting you need help. Truth to Jesus about your sin and your need.
Jesus loves you. He will forgive you and wants to help you. Trust him … he will show you the way and he will be your strength.
Lord, forgive me for my sin. Help me to be honest about my problem. I thank you for treating me much better than I deserve. I thank you that Jesus paid the price for my sin. Give me the wisdom, the humility and the strength to overcome. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Crossroads: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity by David E. Longacre.
- Describes the sexual addiction process
- Shows how the sin of proximity often precedes sexual sins
- Shows the way out of sexual addiction
- Presents biblical insights to help a person break free and stay free
- Gives practical actions for renewing the mind
- Shows how recognizing lies can help reject them for the truth of God's Word
- Serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then pointing them to Christ
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