Tough Question: Are you “done with sin” (1 Peter 4:1)?
If you’re not “done with sin,” it may be because you avoid suffering. Passing through the doorway of suffering is necessary to break a sin cycle.
Suffering in the body is necessary to overcome sin (1 Peter 4:1).
Say you have watched porn for years, but now realize you are held captive by it and want freedom. As with any addiction, ceasing from the activity causes discomfort as your brain withdraws from the chemical release it has grown accustomed to experiencing. Withdrawal will be distressing, but is necessary to be freed from enslavement.
Consider: Although without sin, Christ learned obedience through suffering (Heb. 5:8).
As His brethren, who are we to think that we must not learn obedience through suffering?
Ask Yourself: “Am I willing to continue in the suffering of captivity to sin?”
OR “Am I willing to pass through the suffering of withdrawal to be free?”
No doubt. Each alternative is painful and has consequences:
Option 1) Remaining captive to sin guarantees permanent suffering.
Option 2) Withdrawal from it guarantees temporary suffering and freedom.
As a child of God, which one will you choose? Which one did Christ die for?
Whatever sin holds you captive, your willingness to walk through the door of suffering will lead you to freedom. Humbly reach out and get help today.
1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.
Hebrews 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered
Romans 5:8 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.