Hello everyone. I have recently been dealing with a myriad of problems; addiction, depression and the birth of our son have all reflected upon the number of updates that I have been able to give you. And it is overdue for an update.
Tonight’s topic is James 5:16:
Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 NIV
I have never felt so low as the moment where I confessed to my wife. I fully expected her reaction to be a spectacular exit, possibly with some talk of divorce. It was then that she chose to build me up instead, explaining that she was neither angry nor upset, but happy that I had finally told her the truth.
Not only do we struggle with issues, we sometimes fall into a cycle that causes both guilt and shame and as a result, we become further entrenched in our problem. It can be addiction, alcoholism, pornography, anger, whatever our issue is. As an aside, we may become depressed or further angry and irritable.
Pornography and addiction are particularly troubling issues that affect so many young people. Pornography is seen as taboo by some individuals and acceptable by others; still others do not know what harm can possibly be done by looking at pictures and videos of men and women doing things of a sexual nature; even if it is by themselves.
I discuss pornography on this blog– because I am a recovering porn addict.
Addiction to drugs and alcohol add another twist: not only can drugs and alcohol be addicting, they can also become quite deadly. Leaving something behind suddenly after years of chronic and severe abuse can be just as dangerous as drinking too much or overdosing.
I discuss alcoholism and addiction on here too– because I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.
I want you to take away from this that people aren’t perfect. Life gets in the way and things happen. However, Jesus gave us a pathway back to God. We are all children of God. I leave you tonight with the following thought:
Even though I am in a constant state of recovery, I am a child of God. And so are you.