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Encouragement and Challenge from Proverbs 27

October 5, 2009

I hit Proverbs 27 in my daily devotional today. A couple of gems pop out that are such good reminders of our need for accountability and for one another. These verses apply to men and women of course. I hope you find some encouragement and challenge in them today.

 

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

My whole life (not just my spiritual life) is at its best when I’m opening my life up to other men.

Authenticity. Honesty. Openness. If felt I had these virtues before. But they have only been a part of my life the last two years because of my sex addiction. I am being open with other men for the first time about my sexual struggles. My friends are reciprocating.

I can only be sharpened in areas that I talk about with other men. Before, I was being sharpened in my ministry, my marriage, and biblical disciplines. Now I am now being sharpened in my sexuality, and it affects many other parts of my life.

 

Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”

This verse seems a bit mystical doesn’t it? I get the water and the face thing. But how does my heart reflect my life? I am what is inside of me. I am a Christian, but if I am secretly seeking to satisfy my lusts, those will color my life and my behavior.

This was made most evident to me when I started pulling away from porn and fantasy and examined my relationship with my wife. It was a mess. I was driving the boat, but lust was guiding it. Instead of love and service toward her, I was using her to fulfill my own desires. My wife had eroded inside and began to despise our times together. It was quite a shocker to realize this.

My counselor, sexual support group, and God’s Word are helping me to be healthy in this area. They are helping me to heal inside and find healthy ways to work on intimacy. There are still shadows and dark spots being discovered. But my behavior has made a tremendous turn as I have allowed God to examine and clean my heart.

I will eventually flesh out what is inside my heart.

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