fighting for free hearts

Porn And Grace

Breaking Free, the blog of Covenant Eyes, recently ran this piece on Grace and Porn.

One of the crucial points in the piece, which makes a huge difference in our fight is this:

Romans 6:12 tells us, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” We are commanded to present the very members of our body—our hands, feet, eyes, and even our sexual organs—to God as instruments of righteousness.

However, if we start at this verse, we cannot obey it in God’s power. We have to start back at the beginning of Romans 6.

Before we can present our bodies to God, we must first embrace Romans 6:11: “Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This statement strikes at the heart of who we are, not just what we do. Though it may not seem like it at times, as Christians, we are dead to sin and alive to God.

We must live and fight out of a new reality that is based on our true identity in Christ.

When we do that, everything is different.

The author has this way of explaining this new reality:

Because the Spirit of the risen Christ is in us, we are united to Him. Through His Spirit, he shares with us his resurrection life—not just an unending life, but a new quality of life in age without sin. We are no longer defined by our sinful past, our present struggles with sin, our former guilt, our shame, or our relationship to this sinful age. We are fundamentally different people now: we are defined by the age to come and the One who is King of that age. This is who we truly are.

The “real” us; the “true us” is — because of Christ living His life in and through us — fundamentally changed. And His presence and power in us enable us to fight well.

This is all a result of God’s grace.

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