Porn Kills Love – Part 3

pornkillslove5Many men and women are tragically and seriously enslaved to their own lust for porn. Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ appear no different. Is there hope for them?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, some people, Christian or not, are quitting porn and masturbation by their own will power. They accomplish this based on their growing knowledge of the evils of porn. That’s some hope for our friends, but is that all the hope we have?

Indeed, Christians are called to a much greater hope and you can find hope in the following ways:

Know that you are forgiven
You may be disgusted with yourself and you may feel that there is no hope for someone like you, but if you have faith in Christ, you will receive endless grace from God. God’s word promises that you have forgiveness.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace –Ephesians 1:7

The knowledge and awareness of God’s immense grace in your life can set you free from thoughts of hopelessness. All your mistakes and failures will be wiped away and you are given a new chance, right now, today, to live a redeemed life.

Know that you can repent and renew your mind
You are not only forgiven but you are set free from the bondage of sin and habitual disobedience. You are not tied to your sin, but you are tied to the grace given by God.

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. -Romans 6:14

And not only are you free from slavery to sin, but the Holy Spirit will renew your mind and lead you to a life of righteousness according to God’s word. Everything that God reveals to you through the bible will renew your mind in truth. Truth, such as the truth that sin does not control you, will lead you to righteousness. If you know the truth, you will know to stop sinning and honor God with your body.

Know that you will experience greater intimacy in Christ
The reason pornography is enticing is because it offers cheap intimacy. We all long for intimacy. Yes, biblical marriage can offer real and God honoring intimacy, but even that is an imperfect intimacy. Marriage is not always fun and marriages can end in death or divorce. Not to mention that many faithful men and women want a biblical marriage but never find it.

The hope we have is that all of us, every believer, will one day get to experience perfect intimacy with Christ.

Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
-Revelation 19:7-8

Every believer is already united with Christ. But it’s difficult to sense it. We are intimate with Christ, but we don’t always feel intimate. This struggle is only temporary. One day, you will fully know and experience your union and marriage to the glorious Christ. On that day, the eternal joy that you desperately seek will ultimately and completely be found in our final union with Christ. On that day you will rejoice, so rejoice now in that truth!

Porn kills love. Christ kills porn. May you continue in the love of God forever more…

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