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This Post is from a friend who had struggled with porn and porn addiction. He wrote this will reflecting on his life as an addict. He shares that his life was ruined by using porn. He needed Jesus to ride in and dramatically transform his life.
If you want to read more of his story you can check it out here
Desperado You rode into the chaos and the mess of my life. I was unable to rescue myself. I was surrounded by marauders who were raiding my soul. I had allowed them in drinking their wine and believing their lies.
Their guns were drawn and their knives to my throat. My soul wounded and my affections chained. I needed a hero. I neither had the will or the ability to cry to You.
I had thought I was to far gone. Death was my final reward. And then the first shot was fired. One marauder dropped and then another. Silence. The raging flood of images and temptation silenced. I could breath. I could think.
Then the damn broke. All the poison spilled out of my soul. I weeped terrible bitter tears. I was a mess. Dirty. Used. Broken. Consumed. Naked. Afraid. Love had long left me. How could You, dear precious Lord, possibly love a wretch like me?
I had tasted your goodness when I was young. You had spoken to my heart and made me alive. Once You and I walked so closely. But I turned away. For what? I walked away to dance with finely clothed sirens. Marauders who I allowed to take the best of me. I willing gave them the best of me! How could you still love me?
I wept. I wept until I couldn’t breath. With every tear I confessed to You my sins. No compromise, no rationalization, no negotiations – I was broken.
Your hand reached down to me. Eye to eye You and me. Your stare communicated such love. No longer had your rod and staff comforted me but now Love was rescuing me. I felt your scares – “those are still for you,” You said.
“Can you forgive me?”
“I already have.”
“Hold me, Jesus.”
And You did. You held my heart, forgave my sins and then began to heal my wounds.
Redemption: the redux!
[An addict] is like a tree that bends easily in the wind. On a windy and rainy day, the tree bends so deeply against the ground that the leaves become soiled with mud, like sin. If we focus only on cleaning the leaves, the weakness in the tree that allowed it to bend and soil its leaves may remain. Similarly, a person who is merely sorry to be soiled by sin will sin again in the next high wind. The susceptibility to repetition continues until the tree has been strengthened. Dallin H. Oaks
This devotional is from YouVersion. I would only add that God does not just love us as we are but loves us enough to transform our lives.
God Loves You As You Are:
The Lord does not cherish us as we deserve—if that were the case, we would be desolate—but as he must, unable to do otherwise. He is love. Hard as it is for us to believe—because we neither give nor receive love among ourselves in this way—we yet believe, because of the life-death-resurrection of the Carpenter-Messiah, that his Father is more loving, more forgiving, more cherishing than Abraham, Isaac or Jacob could have dreamed.
What this says simply is that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is gracious. His love is gratuitous in a way that defies our imagination.
It is for this reason that we can proclaim with theological certainty in the power of the Word: God loves you as you are and not as you should be! Do you believe this? That God loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity, that he loves you in the morning sun and the evening rain, that he loves you without caution, regret, boundary, limit or breaking point?