Tomorrow, we will be wrapping up week 3 in this series Practical Steps in Freedom. This week has been about looking around us at the relationships in our lives.
Pornography causes relationships to suffer, regardless of what they are. As a daughter, you will interact differently with your parents- perhaps hiding behind a veil of secrecy and lies. As a wife, you will interact differently with your husband- maybe drifting off into a fantasy world while he is trying to love you.
Part of our walk in freedom is to begin healing those relationships and investing in them.
At the same time, we have to acknowledge that not all relationships are healthy. Think about the people in your life. Are there any who make this struggle harder?
Maybe a boyfriend who is pressuring you to have sex. Maybe a classmate who very casually talks about her sex life. It is important to put those relationships where they need to be as well.
Please understand, I am not saying you should avoid non-Christians at all costs. What I am saying is that you need to be proactive in guarding your freedom.
Stop inviting temptation into your life. If that means taking a break from the boyfriend, do it. If that means declining an invite to that party Friday night, do it.
Take an honest look around you and identify the people who might be quick to drag you back to where you were.
- Are there any relationships in your life that threaten your freedom? Figure out a plan of action. What are some steps you can take to guard yourself in this relationship? Is it a relationship ‘worth’ keeping? What should it look like? How can you begin cutting back on it. What are some ways you might be able to invest in it to positively influence the other person.