3 Ways God’s Love Overcame My Porn Addiction

love-cross-upside-down1“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.”    – 2 Corinthians 5:14

As I near my 5th year of recovery from a pornography addiction, I must often remind myself that it is only by the grace of God that I’m at where I’m at today.  Without a doubt in my mind, it has only been through God’s love that I am sober today having gained a great degree of health and integrity.

At the age of 16, I trusted God with my life and accepted His free gift of salvation to me.  It wasn’t until the age of 26 that I surrendered my sexual struggles to him, having all but given him access to every room in my heart.  My secrets were uncovered.  Light had shone upon my dark places.

The more I think back on what specifically caused change to take place in my life, I know that God’s overwhelming love worked through so many ways.  But I believe my recovery can be boiled down to the following three:

Pain — God helped me to see the damage that I had done to myself through pornography as well as the pain I was causing others because of my addiction.  I believe that I had been given so many opportunities to change and yet nothing stuck.  I think pain was one of the only effective ways left for God to communicate His love to me and help me to see myself for who I really was.

Position — It wasn’t until I literally took action upon my addiction that I began to see any real lasting change.  My routine, schedule, and priorities needed to change.  There needed to be movement in my life where for so many years I was stuck in one place.  Thankfully, through the help of counselors, pastors, support groups, and others, I was able to begin freeing myself from the quicksand of sexual addiction.

Purpose — Weird as it may sound, as I began walking in recovery, I loved helping others do the same.  Today, I joke with people that I sometimes feel like my former porn addiction was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me! It was really the sense of purpose that I felt like I could really be an influence in someone’s life. I could help bring healing to someone else who struggled in the ways that I did.

All along my life’s journey, God’s unfailing love has worked through people and resources in my life to help me find wholeness and become a man of sexual integrity.  This process continues today and will most likely continue for a long time to come.  Christ’s death on the cross is really what has made my recovery possible.  How could I do any less than to honor God by living with sexual purity after He has given me so much?

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One thought on “3 Ways God’s Love Overcame My Porn Addiction

  1. Hey great post. pornography is a serious trap that almost everyone comes in contact with. It really is only effectively overcome by Jesus Christ. I read this blog post a few days ago and thought that you might enjoy it as well! http://goo.gl/Gub8Be thank you so much for telling your story.

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