We assume that reading these blogs means that you are struggling with sexual sin or know someone that is, like a spouse or friend. However so much of the things we discuss here go way beyond this specific issue. We encourage relationship and accountability in dealing with porn addiction as the best way to achieve success. In reality that simple principle applies to everybody that has not assumed room temperature.
The Bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Acts 20:35, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
One of the best ways for ourselves to continue to grow and make progress in whatever area we are dealing with is to encourage others who are perhaps not as far along as we are or maybe just need someone to care enough to take the time to help.
It is still amazing to me to see how little it takes to make a huge difference in peoples lives. Even more so when we are able to use the success we have made to with understanding and forgiving hearts help others with struggles. A huge driving force in my being a part of this issue is seeing how unfortunately the church has historically not stepped up to the plate to help people struggling with sexual sin. Sin is sin and it doesn’t ultimately matter what ours is, it’s all something destructive that we are trying to overcome and grow in.
I remember when I was a drug addict back in the late 70’s and people would come talk to me and my friends about quitting, and more often than not we just laughed at the ignorance they showed in drug use. But looking back on it, I see that what was really valuable is people sharing the means and methods of the success they had in whatever they were struggling with. I am a firm believer that God has used my past experience in drugs to be able to intellectually and experientially help others that have been dealing with the issue.
When you have been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt you can in a first hand way provide invaluable help to others. We also see clearly as I stated above in scripture how important having assistance is invaluable in life as a whole and definitely in this specific area. We may not “be there” yet ourselves. But hopefully we are actively engaged in the process and you only have to be trying to be able to help someone else who may not even be successful at trying. It also encourages us when we give of ourselves.
I tell my 6-year-old son about it at Christmas time and I constantly see things he does in giving to others because he enjoys how it makes him feel. It is what God does and we are created in His image and His likeness. Encourage others, it helps them, it rewards you, it is how we can grow and move upward. Keep up the fight!