Breaking The Sin Cycle

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8 ESV

As we approach the new year, we can all think of things we aught to leave behind us. One worthy resolution would be to guard more closely the avenues of our soul, namely what we watch, read, and listen to. We are ultimately a product of the influences we surround ourselves with. Why then is it so difficult to cut out influences we know are not pure, kind, and true?

For those who know better, feelings of shame and condemnation attend poor media choices. The ability to be honest regarding whether or not something is genuinely a positive influence is important, but it is only the first step towards freedom. Once our conscience is awakened to our need for change the enemy changes his tactics. When we will no longer excuse poor media choices, he heaps shame and condemnation upon us whenever we slip into old patterns.

Our natural reaction to shame is to either dive deeper into sin or to go about trying to cleanse ourselves through good behavior in an attempt to earn God's forgiveness. God is seeking to teach us a different response to our struggle with sin. God would have us respond in faith, clinging to the promise of his love and favor amidst our struggle. Choosing to believe God desires our fellowship even when we have just fallen flat on our face breaks the cycle of sin. These are the moments where God's kindness is able to lead us to genuine repentance.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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